Liberals expended countless energy firing off tweets and think pieces declaring Donald Trump as a danger to democracy when he said he would wait and see the results of the election before deciding to accept them.
But that question was taken off the table after he won a decisive Electoral College victory.
And now, allies of Hillary Clinton are pushing a story in the press that the election was stolen and Hillary should demand a recount in key states.
A group of computer scientists and election lawyers recently held a call with campaign chairman John Podesta and campaign counsel Marc Elias to persuade them to demand recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
They contend – without proof – that the results in counties with touch screen voting machines were “hacked”.
New York Magazine reports on the unsubstantiated claims:
“Last Thursday, the activists held a conference call with Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and campaign general counsel Marc Elias to make their case, according to a source briefed on the call. The academics presented findings showing that in Wisconsin, Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic-voting machines compared with counties that used optical scanners and paper ballots. Based on this statistical analysis, Clinton may have been denied as many as 30,000 votes; she lost Wisconsin by 27,000. While it’s important to note the group has not found proof of hacking or manipulation, they are arguing to the campaign that the suspicious pattern merits an independent review — especially in light of the fact that the Obama White House has accused the Russian government of hacking the Democratic National Committee.
According to current tallies, Trump has won 290 Electoral College votes to Clinton’s 232, with Michigan’s 16 votes not apportioned because the race there is still too close to call. It would take overturning the results in both Wisconsin (10 Electoral College votes) and Pennsylvania (20 votes), in addition to winning Michigan’s 16, for Clinton to win the Electoral College. There is also the complicating factor of “faithless electors,” or members of the Electoral College who do not vote according to the popular vote in their states. At least six electoral voters have said they would not vote for Trump, despite the fact that he won their states.”
The report notes the group has found no evidence of voting manipulation.
Team Clinton is clearly directing all their media allies to push the election rigging story. Fascinating to observe.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) November 23, 2016
In my entire adult life, Democrats have never accepted the legitimacy of a Republican presidential victory.
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) November 23, 2016
The deadline to request recounts in these critical states is fast approaching.
Will Democrats push ahead for a recount?
Or will they just use this story in an attempt to delegitimize Trump’s Presidency?
Let us know what you think in the comment section.