Written by: Grace
Just a few days ago, on Sunday the 27th of November, the elected President, Donald Trump, began claiming that millions of people voted illegally in an attempt to explain how he lost the popular vote. However, one aspect Mr. Trump’s claims seemed to lack was evidence.
“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” he tweeted on Sunday.
The reason behind Mr. Trump’s sudden outburst of claims happens to be related to an election recount that was called by former Green Party candidate, Jill Stein. On Friday 25th of November, Mrs. Stein began insisting that the electoral system of Wisconsin, a formally democratic state, had been hacked, simply because she thought it odd that most of the State’s population voted for the Republican candidate.
Mrs. Stein intends to also host electoral recounts in both Michigan and Pennsylvania. The current President and board members, have shared their thoughts on the matter. The Obama administration stated on the 26th of November that no evidence of hackers tampering with the election in any way was found.
“The federal government did not observe any increased level of malicious cyber activity aimed at disrupting our electoral process on Election Day,” one of the administration officials stated, “we believe our elections were free and fair from a cyber-security perspective.”
From the statement above, it is rather clear that President Obama certainly disapproves of what Jill Stein has expressed.
On the other hand, we have Hillary Clinton, a former presidential candidate who, in some way, came up with this issue unintentionally. However, she has made it quite clear that she, as well, does not entirely approve of the situation. In an email, the Washington Post sent the general councilman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Marc Elias, questions that have helped readers fully understand what Mrs. Clinton really thinks.
“We made it clear that we were not planning to initiate any recounts. However, Jill Stein has now filed for a recount in Wisconsin. As one of the candidates in the race we are necessarily involved in the process and will participate,” Mr. Elias replied, having been asked the reason behind Clinton campaign’s decision to participate in the Wisconsin recount.
So, from what Mr. Elias informed us with, we can understand that the Clinton campaign initially did not want an electoral recount, however, from Mrs. Stein’s actions, they were, somewhat, forced to endure themselves with such an experience.
Do you think a recount is desperately needed for America’s future or will Jill Stein’s actions ineffective at all?
Cillizza, Chris, 2016. Hillary Clinton’s campaign wants to make one thing clear: The don’t want a recount. Available at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/11/29/hillary-clintons-campaign-didnt-want-this-recount-and-doesnt-think-it-will-change-anything/?utm_term=.3e4ee91ebbc0 (1 December 2016)
London, Eric, 2016. Obama denounces recount effort. Available at: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/11/28/elec-n28.html (1 December 2016)
D. Shear, Michael; Haberman, Maggie; 2016. Trump Claims, With No Evidence, That ‘Millions of People’ Voted Illegally. Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/27/us/politics/trump-adviser-steps-up-searing-attack-on-romney.html?_r=0 (1 December 2016)
Geller, Eric, 2016. White House insists hackers didn’t sway election, even as recount begins. Available at: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/white-house-hackers-election-recount-231849 (1 December 2016)
UNKNOWN, 2016. Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Available at: http://fox13now.com/2016/09/26/stein-escorted-off-hofstra-university-campus/ (1 December 2016)