Trump says election over, calls recount a ‘scam’
WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday said the election is over and called the recount effort launched by the Green Party and joined by the Clinton campaign a “scam.”
“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,'” Trump said in a statement, which labeled the recount “ridiculous” in a headline.
Trump said he won Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvanian by “large numbers” and noted his margin of more than 70,000 in Pennsylvania.
“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,” Trump said, referring to the Green Party’s presidential nominee.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign also issued a statement, saying that it has decided to participate in Stein’s bid to have votes counted again in Wisconsin. But, in a post on Medium, Marc Elias, the campaign’s counsel, said the campaign’s own investigation has not uncovered any evidence of hacking of voting systems.
He wrote that while the campaign was not going to contest the results, it has decided now to take part in the effort to “ensure that it is fair to all sides.”
On Friday, the Wisconsin Elections Commissions confirmed to CBS News they had received Stein’s petition.
“The Commission is preparing to move forward with a statewide recount of votes for President of the United States,” Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas said in a statement.
The state will be working to complete the recount by the federal deadline of Dec. 13.
Stein is reportedly wanting recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.