Republican pundits consider Jill Stein’s recount effort to be a front for the Democratic party’s hypocrisy. After spending weeks blasting Donald Trump for his refusal to say he would blindly accept the result of the vote, the Democratic losers want a recount.
Stein is just a stand in, as she has no chance at all of winning the election she is asking to have reexamined. And her frivolity is beginning to be met with rather stiff opposition.
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For starters, the recount is expensive. It will cost Stein millions. That’s of little consequence, as she’s passing the bill onto Clinton’s enraged supporters. An study by the Journal Sentinel the cost of a hand recount would run between $1.31 and $8.46 per vote.
Stein, though, had demanded a hand recount. Tallying millions of ballots by hand is a labor intensive undertaking, and the recount has to happen on a tight schedule, as the Electoral College votes in two weeks. Wisconsin has declined to recount by hand, and Tuesday a judge ruled a machine recount would suffice.
Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn ruled against lawsuits filed by Stein and Clinton. The suit, the judge rued, did not meet the state’s legal standard, as no one has shown any evidence–none–of fraud.
“I follow the law,” Judge Bailey-Rihn said. “That’s who I am despite my personal opinions.”
The news out of Wisconsin was bad enough for those hoping to sway the election in Clinton’s favor, but then came word today of rough waters in Michigan. The state’s attorney general announced Friday he would file suit to stop the Michigan recount.
“Today I am filing suit to stop @DrJillStein’s frivolous, expensive recount request,” Bill Schuette, a Republican, wrote on Twitter.
Schuette has, as he says, “filed an emergency motion with the Mich Supreme Court to bypass the Court of Appeals to ensure a timely process.”
His office released this statement:
“Michigan voters rejected Stein’s candidacy by massive margins but her refusal to accept that state-verified result poses an expensive and risky threat to hard-working taxpayers and abuses the intent of Michigan law. We have asked the court to end the recount which Stein is pursuing in violation of Michigan laws that protect the integrity of our elections. It is inexcusable for Stein to put Michigan voters at risk of paying millions and potentially losing their voice in the Electoral College in the process.”
Stein defended her position. “What we have are predictors that if tampering took place, it would be most likely to be discovered in the three states where we are looking,” she told CNN. “Unless we actually look, we would never know,” she said.