Hillary Clinton supporters still smarting from her loss to Donald Trump almost three weeks ago are grasping at the straw Green Party candidate Jill Stein has dangled in front of them, hoping that a recount in three states will reverse the results of the November 8 election and put Hillary in the White House.

Stein, who claims she is not initiating the move to benefit Clinton but rather to assure the American public that the vote was not hacked by foreign entities, focused on the final tally in three states where exit polls showed Trump behind before a solid win: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

No evidence has been shown of any irregularities in the voting process, Stein’s website acknowledges that there is no guarantee that the recount will result in a reversal of the November 8 results.

The Green Party candidate, who arguably leeched votes from Clinton at least in Wisconsin, launched the recount effort with a simultaneous fundraising campaign to pay the estimated $6 to $7 million in Wisconsin alone and met the filing deadline on Friday.

Clinton, who did not join in the request for the recount, has announced that she will participate now that the funds have been raised and the recount granted.

Trump beat Clinton by just over 22,000 votes in the Badger State.

Clinton fans who are buoyed by recount hopes may, however, be in for a shock when they learn that a recount in Pennsylvania is not automatically granted upon request and contingent upon the costs being paid prior to the deadline.

In fact, Pennsylvania not only is the decision to hold a recount in the hands of a county judge to order it based upon a showing of a “prima facie case” demonstrating that voter fraud occurred. That’s legal-speak for evidence.

Considering that Stein herself said in an interview, “Let me be very clear: We do not have evidence of fraud. We do not have smoking guns. What we do have is an election that was surrounded by hacking,” she may find it difficult to produce sufficient evidence for a judge to order a recount in Pennsylvania.

Clinton conceded the election, reportedly at the behest of President Obama even as her campaign chair, John Podesta, told a crestfallen group of supporters that “it isn’t over,” at about 3 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9 after the Associated Press had called the election for Trump.

The next day, the defeated former First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State and failed candidate in 2008, who Obama called the most qualified person to ever run for the presidency, delivered conciliatory comments pledging to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.” 

It appears, with the announcement that she will participate in at least the Wisconsin recount, that Hillary changed her mind.

Stein issued a statement on her website pledging any excess funds raised for the recount effort will be spent to further the “integrity” of the electoral process.

More likely, it would seem to be an attempt to drive efforts to do away with the Constitutionally-mandated system of employing the Electoral College in presidential elections that would favor Democrats who garner votes in big cities along the fringe of the country by devaluing the votes of the broad expanse of the heartland where Trump won and Hillary lost.

 

 

 

 

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