President-elect Donald Trump reacted to Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein’s Wisconsin vote recount effort as a “scam” and called on voters to “accept this result and then look to the future.”
On Saturday, the campaign of Democratic contender Hillary Clinton said it would back Stein’s efforts to take a fresh look at voting results in Wisconsin, a crucial swing state that narrowly backed Trump over Clinton. Stein has been raising millions for more than a week—more than she did for her entire campaign, in fact, CNBC reported.
Fox News Insider reports that by Friday evening, she had submitted an application and related fees to the state of Wisconsin for an official recount of the election results.
In a statement Saturday afternoon, Trump said Stein was conducting a “scam” and is “trying to fill her coffers with money” after winning “less than one percent of the vote overall.”
Trump pointed to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s concession, as well as the “30 of 50 states and more than 2,600 counties” that voted for him.
The three states in question have not awarded their electors to a Republican presidential candidate in several recent contests, and were mentioned by some experts as places where “irregularities” might surface.
Read Trump’s full statement below and let us know what you think in the comments.
Statement From President-Elect Donald J. Trump on the Ridiculous Green Party Recount Request:
“The people have spoken and the election is over, and as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night, in addition to her conceding by congratulating me, ‘We must accept this result and then look to the future.’
“It is important to point out that with the help of millions of voters across the country, we won 306 electoral votes on Election Day – the most of any Republican since 1988 – and we carried nine of 13 battleground states, 30 of 50 states, and more than 2,600 counties nationwide – the most since President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
“This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount. All three states were won by large numbers of voters, especially Pennsylvania, which was won by more than 70,000 votes.
“This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing.”