Remember when the Democrats said that the loser in the presidential election has a patriotic obligation to “accept the results?” Yeah, about that… it seems it only applies if the results meant a Hillary Clinton win.
Based on sketchy coincidences that a freshman community college statistics student could easily debunk, the left is now calling for a recount in three states that Trump managed to take away from the Democrats — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
And who is behind this effort? Not Hillary Clinton — or, at least, that’s not what they say. No, the main mover behind the long-shot recount demands is someone that angry voices on the left are trying to blame for Hillary’s decisive loss.
Dr. Jill Stein — the Green Party presidential candidate and noted cell phone skeptic — has raised some $5 million through crowdfunding to pay for a recount in those three Midwestern states.
The recount challenge, according to Stein and many of the low-level academics who have promoted its faulty logic, is based on the fact that there were slight inconsistencies between districts with paper ballots and electronic voting machines. These inconsistencies apparently went in Trump’s favor, leading Stein and others on the left to claim that the election was hacked.
Translation: the Russians done did it! Again!
“After a divisive and painful presidential race, reported hacks into voter and party databases and individual email accounts were causing many American (sic) to wonder if our election results are reliable,” Stein said in a written statement. “These concerns need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified.” That certification is to take place when members of the Electoral College meet on Dec. 19.
Never mind the fact that The New York Times bluntly states that “(t)here is no evidence that the results were hacked or that electronic voting machines were compromised” and that a number of the machines in question “produce a paper record of the vote that could be checked to see if the vote tabulations are accurate.”
Plus, let’s point out that nobody in Obama’s administration has come forth with any evidence of Russians hacking our voting machines. Given that Democrats in Washington have blamed the Kremlin for everything from WikiLeaks to persistent dandruff, don’t you think that maybe they would speak up if any evidence existed?
Never mind, too, that these three states in question are where the Democratic political machine supposedly dominates, leaving it highly unlikely that a group of international hackers would be able to penetrate the voting apparatus in service of a Republican candidate without being detected.
And, as The Washington Post points out, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan — where the mainstream media polls in which the Democrats placed their faith showed Clinton up by huge margins — would hardly be likely targets for hackers trying to throw the election.
“The polls in Wisconsin in particular were far from the mark, meaning that ne’er-do-wells looking to affect the results would be less likely to target the state,” the WaPo’s Philip Bump wrote. “Why rig the vote in a place where Clinton is up by six points?”
The most likely explanation could, of course, be that, given the incredibly small sample size of counties that we’re talking about, this is simply a statistical anomaly based on Trump’s unusual appeal to frustrated, economically depressed, blue collar, middle-class voters.
Those explanations aren’t good enough for the grief-stricken left. Just look at the leftist media in the form of news personalities like Andrea Mitchell, grasping at straws in the hope that Hillary might pull out even more of a miracle than Trump did. To them, Jill Stein is a convenient stalking horse for a recount campaign the Democrats don’t actually want to be associated with.
Hillary Clinton and her immediate allies have given no indication that they will choose to pursue a recount. The deadline is today, Friday, for Wisconsin, Monday for Michigan and Wednesday for Pennsylvania. However, where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire for the Clinton campaign.
Either way, it’s an attempt to delegitimize Donald Trump’s upset win on Nov. 8, all based on evidence that’s paper-ballot thin.
It won’t work. It’s time for the left to do what they said Trump should when they assumed he would lose: accept the results.
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