Clinton's Team Now Wants a Recount, but Only to Be 'Fair'

Josh Kim
December 14, 2016

Fred Lucas is the author of Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections (Stairway Press, 2016).

"To determine whether the reported victor actually won requires verifying the results as accurately as possible, which in turn requires manually examining the underlying paper records", said Stark, who wrote a newspaper op-ed with Rivest calling for a review of the election before Stein announced her recount efforts.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will demand a recount of election results in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, her campaign announced on Wednesday.

It's led to claims of Clinton hypocrisy and cries of double standard.

Trump, who has virtually no experience in foreign affairs, offered a one-line tweet Saturday morning in reaction to the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro - "Fidel Castro is dead!" - before issuing a more detailed statement. If the trio had gone blue, as was expected, Mrs. Clinton would have earned enough electoral votes to secure the election.

The New York billionaire, who charged the election was "rigged" on a daily basis before his victory, called the developing recount effort "a scam" in a statement released by his transition team.

Christopher Newport University political science professor Quentin Kidd says there are "very, very few cases of actual voter fraud", and he suggests that Trump should choose his words more carefully.

Trump claimed at one point that the only way he could lose Pennsylvania was through large-scale fraud.

Trump himself seemed to grasp that difference.

Of course I would accept a clear election result, but I would also reserve my fight to contest or file a legal challenge in the case of a questionable result.

Jill Stein Drops Pennsylvania Recount Effort Over Expenses
Abady said barriers to a recount in Pennsylvania are pervasive and the state court system is ill-equipped to address the problem. The Green Party is dropping its court case seeking a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's November 8 presidential election.

Yet he has seemed to undercut his own argument that the election is over by going on to question the integrity of the vote. "The election was fair and all votes cast by eligible voters were accurately counted".

"While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve", Trump said. If she raises more money than is needed for the recount itself - including multimillion-dollar attorney fees - her campaign will use the surplus for "election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform".

But that wasn't really what Trump was being asked.

Trump said Clinton also, at a campaign rally, slammed him, saying: "He said something truly horrifying ... he refused to say that he would respect the results of this election".

Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn't the media reporting on this?

Nevertheless, the Clinton campaign is officially contesting the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. There is no other way to describe joining Green Party candidate Jill Stein's effort to get recounts in the three states.

This is not a repeat of 2000, when it was reasonable to believe a recount might change the result.

The group believes it found evidence that vote totals in the three states-Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin-might have been affected by a cyberattack, saying the Democratic nominee received 7 percent fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic-voting machines instead of paper ballots or scanners, NY magazine reported.

"This election cycle was unique in the degree of foreign interference witnessed throughout the campaign: the USA government concluded that Russian state actors were behind the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and the personal email accounts of Hillary for America campaign officials, and just yesterday, the Washington Post reported that the Russian government was behind much of the "fake news" propaganda that circulated online in the closing weeks of the election", he wrote.

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