President-elect Donald Trump claimed without evidence Sunday that "millions" voted illegally in the national election, scoffing at Hillary Clinton's almost 2 million edge in the popular vote and returning to his campaign mantra of a rigged race even as he prepares to enter the White House in less than two months. With less than 1% of the vote in WI, MI and PA, Stein obviously has no shot of winning any of the states in question.
Hillary Clinton's campaign has formally joined Stein's Wisconsin effort.
Elias said Clinton would take the same approach in Pennsylvania and MI if Stein were to follow through with recount requests those states, even though that was highly unlikely to change the election outcome. Certainly he can afford it. To the extent recounts in WI, MI and PA have not been completed by that time, which experts assign a high probability that they will not, there is a chance that the electoral votes from those three states wouldn't be counted leaving neither candidate with the required electoral votes to win the presidency (electoral count would be Trump 260 versus Hillary 232).
"We do so fully aware that the number of votes separating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the closest of these states " - Michigan, where the Republican leads by 10,704 votes with the result expected to be certified on Monday - "well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount".
Bernie Sanders, Clinton's Democratic rival in the primary race and now a member of the Senate leadership, defended the recount.
"While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve", Trump said. Those states had voted Democratic in recent presidential elections but all voted narrowly in favor of the Republican Trump in this month's election. "No one expects there to be profound change, but there's nothing wrong with going through the process", he said.
Trump had suggested throughout the campaign that the system was rigged against him.
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"I would imagine the results, going through the recount, the process will end up much like it was on election night", he said. Romney, until recently a fierce Trump critic, was "nothing but awful" to him for a year, she said.
On the Sunday political-show circuit, Conway also derided plans by Clinton's campaign to participate in an election recount effort. Wisconsin election officials are expected to meet Monday to discuss a possible timeline for a recount of that state's presidential votes; recounts are possible in Pennsylvania and MI as well.
"This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn't even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount", the President-elect said in a statement.
Stein is unlikely to benefit from the recount but Trump's main rival, Hillary Clinton, could push her way into the White House in what would be one of the biggest shocks in United States election history.
"He's been incredibly gracious and magnanimous to Secretary Clinton at a time when, for whatever reason, her folks are saying they will join in a recount to try to somehow undo the 70-plus electoral votes that he beat her by, " Conway said on CNN's "State of the Union". A Clinton campaign attorney revealed Saturday that the campaign would participate in the election recount in Wisconsin initiated by Stein.
MI appears to be Trump's closest margin of victory, and the state is set to certify the results at 2 p.m. ET on Monday, and then a request for a recount must be submitted by Wednesday.