Before the election, Donald Trump’s campaign team caught hell for saying that they’d wait until the actual election to decide if they’d accept the election results. Clinton herself characterized Trump’s “rigged election” rhetoric as shameful.
Now that the results are in, Clinton has changed her tune. As pressure from disgruntled democrats mounted, a recount in several closely contested states seemed likely. After Jill Stein filed for a recount Friday, the Clinton camp has jumped on board.
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Critics of the recount had assumed Clinton couldn’t openly participate in the process without looking like a complete hypocrite, and that that was the reason for Jill Stein’s leadership role in the effort. Now, though, Clinton herself is in on the recount push.
Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, called the Clinton team a “pack of sore losers.” The sore losers are supporting efforts in Wisconsin, and will also support recount efforts in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
“What a pack of sore losers,” Conway said. “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.”
Marc Elias, Clinton’s campaign’s general counsel, wrote in a statement: “Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides.”
“If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well. We do so fully aware that the number of votes separating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the closest of these states – Michigan – well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount.”
So, it’s official. Clinton is in on the recount. After all of the exasperated name calling and discussion of peaceful transitions, Clinton and her supporters are the ones pushing back against the system they championed as perfect.