WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton’s campaign has issued its most detailed comments on the recount effort in several states, saying that it has decided to participate in Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s bid to have votes counted again in Wisconsin.
But, in a post on Medium, Marc Elias, the campaign’s counsel, said the campaign’s own investigation has not uncovered any evidence of hacking of voting systems. He wrote that while the campaign was not going to contest the results, it has decided now to take part in the effort to “ensure that it is fair to all sides.”
Bernie Sanders calls for assessment of Electoral College
Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Sunday it is time to re-examine the Electoral College, after Clinton won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote to President-elect Donald Trump.
“We have one candidate who had two million more votes than the other candidate but she is not going to be sworn in as president, and I think on the surface that’s a little bit weird,” the Vermont senator told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”
Other Democrats, including California Sen. Barbara Boxer, have flatly called for the Electoral College to be abolished and have presidents be elected by a simple popular vote. The effort gained some steam in Democratic-controlled statehouses in the years after Al Gore beat George W. Bush in the popular vote. But since any change would require a constitutional amendment, that appears highly unlikely to happen.
Sanders, meanwhile, hewed close to the line that Clinton’s former campaign has walked on a recount effort being led by Stein. The former Clinton campaign had been mum on calls for a recount, but said over the weekend that it would help the effort in Wisconsin.
Sanders said that even though Trump has called it a “scam” anyone has a right to a recount.
“The Green Party has the legal right,” Sanders said. “Republicans have requested — I think the governor of North Carolina right now is thinking about doing a recount. That’s a legal right. They do it.”
Sanders also weighed in on the future of the Democratic Party — a battle that started almost immediately after Clinton conceded the election and features one of his former backers, US Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota.
The Obama White House is seeking a more moderate alternative to Ellison, but Ellison (the first Muslim elected to Congress) is the right person to rebuild the Democratic Party’s “grassroots,” Sanders said.
“In the last eight years, the Democrats have lost over 900 legislative seats around the country in state legislatures, I think it’s time to take a reassessment of the purpose of where the Democratic Party is and where it wants to go,” Sanders said on “State of the Union.” “What we need to do right now is to become a grassroots party, which is what Keith Ellison believes, open the doors to working people, open the doors to young people, less emphasis on raising large sums of money, more emphasis on bringing new blood into the political party.”
Trump says election over, calls recount a ‘scam’
President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday said the election is over and called the recount effort launched by the Green Party and joined by the Clinton campaign a “scam.”
“The people have spoken and the election is over, and as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night, in addition to her conceding by congratulating me, ‘We must accept this result and then look to the future,'” Trump said in a statement, which labeled the recount “ridiculous” in a headline.
Trump said he won Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvanian by “large numbers” and noted his margin of more than 70,000 in Pennsylvania.
“This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing,” Trump said, referring to the Green Party’s presidential nominee.