Monday, Michigan announced that they have certified that Donald Trump won the vote in that state on Election Day. Trump was awarded the 16 electoral college votes. The win was not a mandate as Trump had wanted. In fact, if anything, it was a vote of no confidence for either candidate. The race between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton was tight with Trump only winning by only 10,704 votes. The results did show that 85,000 voters more than ever in history, did vote for other races but left the presidential race blank.
Now that Donald Trump has been declared the certified winner of the Michigan vote, he could also take legal action to stop the recount that former Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein has said she will fund and petition the state to do. Stein has already been able to get Wisconsin to agree to a recount and has vowed to petition Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Stein did just that in Pennsylvania Monday afternoon. At 3:45 P.M. Stein filed her motion to have the recount begin. Stein said in a statement that, “We must recount the votes so we can build trust in our election system. We need to verify the vote in this and every election so that Americans of all parties can be sure we have a fair, secure and accurate voting system.” Trump won the state by only 70,000 votes or less than 1%.
The idea of a recount sent President Elect Trump back to his favorite tool of communication, Twitter. It what may end up being the best reason for a recount, Trump tweeted, “Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California – so why isn’t the media reporting on this? Serious bias – big problem!” Trump also tweeted that “in addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
In addition, Trump also attacked his former rival Clinton with her own words stating that “I, for one, am appalled that somebody that is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that kind –and fair elections. We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them.” Clinton though has not been the one to petition any of the states for a recount.
Marc Elias, the campaign’s general counsel, tweeted that the Clinton campaign would participate in the recount since it has already been petitioned for. Elias, did take Trump to task for insinuating Clinton had anything to do with the petition to recount the votes. Elias tweeted, “We are getting attacked for participating in a recount that we didn’t ask for by the man who won election but thinks there was massive fraud.” Continuing, “The campaign is grateful to all those who have expended time and effort to investigate various claims of abnormalities and irregularities,” Elias wrote.
For Stein it is about making sure. Making sure that hat there was not any voter fraud or that electronic counters had been hacked. As Stein said this is for the people and the people are the ones funding it. “Our grassroots recount campaign has been supercharged by the incredible support coming in from Americans from across the political spectrum to verify the vote in this election.”
Agnes Bedard calls herself a daughter of the 60's. She stills believe that one voice can lead us out of darkness, that one person can start a change, and that one act of kindness can change one person's world. Politics is how the world works to change and that is why she is so passionate about it. As Agnes said we need to fight for our f.uture. Agnes Bedard is also the author of "Before I was Me" Bedard is also a wife, mother and grandmother