Politics

Trump Tries To Block Jill Stein's Michigan Vote Recount

| by David Bonner

On Nov. 30, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein officially requested an election recount in Michigan, and Donald Trump is not happy about it.

The president-elect is attempting to block the recount, reports the Daily Mail.

Of the almost 5 million votes cast in Michigan, Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by only 10,704 votes, The Washington Post notes. Stein got about 51,000 votes, many of which would likely have otherwise gone to Clinton.

Stein alleges that in Michigan there were more than 75,000 ballots for which no presidential preference was recorded.

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She has also asked for recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, which were also won by Trump, and has raised millions of dollars to help pay for the recounts in all three states.

Hillary Clinton's team is cooperating in Stein's recount efforts, but has publicly stated that it does not expect the outcome of the election to change.

Trump’s lawyers argue that Stein’s request has no legal basis, because she lost by such as large margin that any miscounting of votes could not have cost her the election.

In addition, they object that Stein, by waiting until Nov. 30 to file her request, makes it impossible to finish the recount by the Dec. 13 deadline.They also referred to Stein’s recount attempt as “insulting,” “lawless,” and a “farce.”

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Ironically, Trump repeatedly claimed that the election was “rigged” while on the campaign trail, and has continued to question the official results even after being proclaimed the victor.

The Michigan recount, which was planned to start on Dec. 2, has been postponed until the following week.

President Obama is not questioning the election results. "Look, the people have spoken," he said in a White House press conference on Nov. 14. "Donald Trump will be the next President, the 45th President of the United States…. And those who didn’t vote for him have to recognize that that's how democracy works. That's how this system operates."

Sources: Daily Mail, The Washington Post, The White House / Photo Credit: Ali Shaker/VOA/Wikimedia Commons

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