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Green Party candidate’s “audacious PR stunt” ripped by Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

by | Nov 30, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

Jill Stein

Jill Stein

As expected, (distant by a mile) fourth-place finisher Jill Stein has officially filed a request for a presidential recount in Michigan. The Green Party nominee said, in a statement, “The people of Michigan and all Americans deserve a voting system we can trust.”

This came today, a day after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel blasted Green and the Clinton campaign for what an editorial called an “audacious PR stunt,” a “colossal waste of money and energy” even though “there is not a shred of credible evidence of fraud or error and when the final vote in these three states likely will not change very much.” [The third state is Pennsylvania.]

The editorial continued

Stein’s quixotic moralizing damages the credibility of the very institution she claims to protect — the sanctity of the ballot box. It could even put Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes at risk if the recount isn’t completed by the time the Electoral College meets in December to officially confirm Trump’s election. Stein wants a hand count of ballots, and sued on Monday to try to force a reluctant state government to do that. [She lost.]

Hillary Clinton’s campaign should have stayed far away from this nonsense. Instead, her campaign is participating in the recount.

You may remember Clinton’s (what seemed to be ) gracious concession speech in which she said, “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”

The editorial board of the Journal-Sentinel sure does and blasted the insincerity of the Clinton legal team:

In a blog post Saturday at the website Medium, Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Erik Elias indicated that the Clinton campaign realizes the pointlessness of Stein’s effort. The Clinton campaign joined the effort, he wrote, “to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself.”

Because the campaign had not “uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves,” Elias wrote. …

She should reiterate that sentiment [“Donald Trump is going to be our president”] now in a clear, public statement. And, she should reject Stein’s games.

We’ll see. I wouldn’t hold my breath.

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