Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who is currently collecting donations to mount a recount effort in the key battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, doesn’t seem to fancy Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton climbing onto her recount bandwagon.
In a post on Medium, Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias highlighted the Clinton campaign’s efforts to ensure a “fair vote” in a five-point breakdown of steps the Clinton team has taken.
The post continued to explain the campaign’s reasoning in pursuing a recount, saying that “over the last few days, officials in the Clinton campaign have received hundreds of messages, emails, and calls urging us to do something, anything, to investigate claims that the election results were hacked and altered in a way to disadvantage Secretary Clinton. The concerns have arisen, in particular, with respect to Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — three states that together proved decisive in this presidential election and where the combined margin of victory for Donald Trump was merely 107,000 votes.”
Stein responded to Elias with a confusing and somewhat ambiguous tweet.
Why would Hillary Clinton—who conceded the election to Donald Trump—want #Recount2016? You cannot be on-again, off-again about democracy.
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) November 26, 2016
Trump campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, responded to recount efforts from Stein and Clinton in a conversation with Bloomberg Politics, saying, “What a pack of sore losers. After asking Mr. Trump and his team a million times on the trail, ‘Will he accept the election results?’ it turns out Team Hillary and their new BFF Jill Stein can’t accept reality…Rather than adhere to the tradition of graciously conceding and wishing the winner well, they’ve opted to waste millions of dollars and dismiss the democratic process. The people have spoken. Time to listen up. #YesYourPresident.”
President-elect Donald Trump responded to the news on social media with a single tweet.
The Green Party scam to fill up their coffers by asking for impossible recounts is now being joined by the badly defeated & demoralized Dems
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016