Are illegal voters the reason for Hillary Clinton’s staggering popular vote difference? Although Donald Trump was declared the President-elect on Tuesday, Nov. 8 after winning the electoral college vote, his Democratic opponent still managed to beat him by more than two million popular votes.
The staggering win has raised speculation about whether or not the votes were legitimate. While many Americans are wondering if Donald Trump managed to buy the election, Republicans are arguing many of Clinton’s votes may have been cast by illegal immigrants.
However, the Democrats aren’t fighting this battle alone. The Green Party has also voiced concerns about the election. In fact, the controversy has led to a major demand for a recount in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Green Party candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, filed for a recount in the state of Wisconsin on Friday, Nov. 25.
As expected, the demand for a recount has been met with opposition. Many political analysts have noted how overturning an election is nearly an impossible feat. Then, to make matters worse, Hillary Clinton’s general counsel Marc Elias recently admitted that there is no substantial evidence to support any claims of voter fraud or outside interference, according to Medium.com. However, Clinton’s camp will participate in ongoing proceedings for the recount.
“While that effort has not, in our view, resulted in evidence of manipulation of results, now that a recount is underway, we believe we have an obligation to the more than 64 million Americans who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton to participate in ongoing proceedings to ensure that an accurate vote count will be reported,” Elias wrote.
“Because we 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,” he wrote, “but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides.”
Elias has also confirmed Clinton’s camp will support any recount efforts initiated by Dr. Stein and the Green Party in other states. “If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well,” Elias wrote.
Although many Democrats believe the idea of a recount is justified, Donald Trump argues that it is absolutely ridiculous. According to CNN, The Donald isn’t too pleased about the recount fiasco. On Saturday, Nov. 26 the President-elect responded to the recount demands and accused Dr. Stein of using the recount as a “fundraising ploy” since the recount campaign has raised more than $6 million.
“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. Earlier today, Trump took to Twitter with another claim about the election. He believes Clinton only won the popular vote because illegal immigrants were able to vote. He also assured his supporters that the recount would not change anything since she has conceded.
But are Trump’s claims true? Like Elias’ admission about the lack of evidence to support voter fraud, there is no evidence to support Donald Trump’s claims. Despite winning the electoral vote, he still refuses to accept that he may have legitimately lost the popular vote.
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