nsnbc : U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, on Saturday, called defeated Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s request for a vote recount a scam.
Trump issued a statement, commenting on Jill Stein’s campaign saying: « 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. .. This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall……to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount ».
Jill Stein has so far raised over 4 million dollar for her vote recount campaign; Four million dollar which many Green Party supporters would rather see invested in building a « credible and viable » Green Party that presents an actual alternative instead of being an « appendage of the Democrats » or a pool for « burned off Bernie supporters ».
Jill Stein filed for a vote recount in the State of Wisconsin on Friday. Appealing for more « funds » Stein promised to do the same in Michigan and Pennsylvania next week. Trump won all three states by a narrow margin in the presidential election, leading his major rival Democrat Hillary Clinton with just over 100,000 votes in all three states.
Clinton’s campaign said earlier Saturday that it will join Stein’s effort to make sure the vote count is « fair to all sides. » Ironically, a great number of both Green Party supporters and Clinton campaigners also joined campaigns against the electoral college. It’s particularly ironic for a « Green Party » that claims to promote « local governance ».
The electoral college is, as outdated as it may seem, considered as an important institution that guarantees that local governments and « the Constitution » cannot be overrun by « pure democracy ». The electoral college gave Trump an overwhelming victory.
Stein won approximately one percent of the vote in each of the three states, but local media has reported that she raised over five million U.S. dollars to finance her recount bid, which is 3.5 million dollars more than what she raised for her presidential campaign.
In fairness, Stein was excluded from the nationally and internationally televised presidential debates. Even many Green Party supporters would concede that four million dollar plus would also be better invested in a campaign to end the exclusion of third-party candidates and independents from the debates.
F/AK – nsnbc 27.11.2016