Hillary Clinton’s campaign will participate in Jill Stein’s recount effort in Wisconsin, said campaign counsel Marc Elias Saturday — even though he noted her aides have seen no evidence that the election that gave Donald Trump the White House was unfair.
“We intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides,” Elias said, adding that the campaign will do the same in Michigan and Pennsylvania if the Green Party candidate pursues recounts there, as she has promised.
“We certainly understand the heartbreak felt by so many who worked so hard to elect Hillary Clinton, and it is a fundamental principle of our democracy to ensure that every vote is properly counted,” Elias said.
Trump, who made no public comment when Stein filed her recount petition on Friday, released a statement within hours of Elias’s announcement.
“This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded,” Trump fumed, calling the recount effort “ridiculous.”
“This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than 1 percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money,’’ the president-elect added.
The Green Party scam to fill up their coffers by asking for impossible recounts is now being joined by the badly defeated & demoralized Dems
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
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