fundraising scheme recount effort in Pennsylvania and Michigan hit a dead end, but she managed to force Wisconsin into a recount, which concluded Monday.
The numbers barely moved. In fact, the recount resulted in a net gain of 131 votes for President-elect Trump. He picked up 844 votes, while Hillary picked up 713.
“Completing this recount was a challenge, but the real winners are the voters,” Elections Commission Chairman Mark Thomsen said in a statement. “Based on the recount, they can have confidence that Wisconsin’s election results accurately reflect the will of the people, regardless of whether they are counted by hand or by machine.”
Overall, Trump beat Hillary by over 22,000 votes in that state. Does that satisfy Stein? Kind of. She’s still bummed out that Milwaukee County refused a hand recount, but she wants you all to know that this was never about actually changing the election outcome. Duh!
Here’s her full statement:
“With the recount finished in Wisconsin, we applaud the countless workers and observers who helped ensure a full recount throughout the state. We however remain disappointed that not all counties conducted a full hand recount, which is considered the “gold standard.” While we were able to beat back efforts by Trump and the GOP to stop the recount, the refusal by some of the largest and most important counties in the state to conduct a hand recount, undermined the ability to get an accurate recount. In fact, Milwaukee County, the largest and the most socio-economically, racially and ethnically diverse county in the state, declined a hand recount, and given the discoveries in Michigan, it is imperative to examine if voters in that county encountered machine errors, manipulations and voter issues on Election Day.
“As this process comes to a close, we must remember that it was still met with attempt after attempt to destroy the recount: a baseless FEC complaint by the Wisconsin Republican Party; a frivolous suit filed by a Trump super PAC whose argument the judge called ‘dead on arrival’; and a last-minute $2.4 million increase in recount cost which was either a disturbing tactic to deter a recount or showed the state’s unpreparedness in conducting one – neither reflect well on the state’s handling of our invaluable electoral system. And while the obstructionist efforts of Trump and his allies failed in the Wisconsin recount, the state has barriers already in place that threaten the constitutional rights of Wisconsin voters, including having some of the most restrictive voter ID laws in the country.
“This recount was never about changing the outcome; it was about validating the vote and restoring confidence in our voting system to Americans across the country who have doubts. The recount in Wisconsin raised a number of important election integrity issues that bear further assessment and serious action to ensure we have integrity and confidence in our electoral system.”
So…it wasn’t about changing the outcome? Usually when someone demands a recount, it’s because they have a legitimate reason– I repeat, LEGITIMATE REASON– to believe that the election results could be reversed.
It’s nice that Stein admits that she didn’t expect the outcome to change. Now, if we could only get her to admit that this was nothing more than an effort to raise money for the Green Party. It was a giant scam. Speaking of…
The final Wisconsin vote is in and guess what – we just picked up an additional 131 votes. The Dems and Green Party can now rest. Scam!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2016
Stein’s recount bid is officially OVER. Thank God. I never thought it’d end.