‘This is a scam’ Trump comments on ‘ridiculous’ push for recount in battleground states

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US President-elect Donald Trump speaks to the press following a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on November 10, 2016 / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — A day after Green party candidate Jill Stein filed for a recount in Wisconsin, President-elect Donald Trump released a statement on the request, calling it “ridiculous.”

Trump said in a statement on Saturday that the request was “a scam” by Stein and the Green Party, who filed for a recount in Wisconsin where there were reports of voting discrepancies.

“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.”

Stein filed for a recount just 90 minutes before the deadline. A fundraiser to rain money for the recount reached passed $5 million by Thanksgiving, well beyond the $2 million mark the Green Party initially set.

Late Friday afternoon, the Wisconsin Elections Board said it had received the petition from Stein and the Green Party and “is preparing to move forward with a statewide recount of votes.”

“We have assembled an internal team to direct the recount, we have been in close consultation with our county clerk partners, and have arranged for legal representation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice,” Wisconsin Elections Board Administrator Michael Haas said. “We plan to hold a teleconference meeting for county clerks next week and anticipate the recount will begin late in the week after the Stein campaign has paid the recount fee, which we are still calculating.”

Hillary Clinton’s campaign said Saturday it will participate in Stein’s efforts to push for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where Trump’s combined margin of victory was about 107,000 votes. Clinton’s campaign counsel, Marc Elias, wrote in a post on Medium that the campaign’s own investigation has not uncovered any evidence of hacking of voting systems.

Elias said the campaign was not going to contest the results itself, but has decided now to take part in the effort to “ensure that it is fair to all sides.”

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