President-elect Donald Trump is calling the Green Party-backed effort to request a recount of votes a ‘scam.’
Nearly three weeks have passed since Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton bowed in defeat after losing the general election.
Trump has been at work assembling his cabinet in recent weeks after winning the electoral college votes needed to win.
So, why is Trump mad?
Trump said widespread voter fraud placed him in a predicament that allowed Clinton to win the popular vote.
“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,” Mr. Trump wrote Sunday afternoon.
Former Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein said she intends to investigate the matter further, citing irregularities and potential hacking.
Trump doesn’t appear to fancy the idea of Clinton backing the Green Party’s effort.
Clinton’s campaign team led by its general counsel, Marc Elias, has gone on the record saying they’re behind the initiative, in part, because they have a duty to the millions of supporters that believed in her.
“We do so fully aware that the number of votes separating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the closest of these states — Michigan — well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount,” Mr. Elias said, noting that Clinton campaign officials had found no “actionable evidence” of hacking or attempts to tamper with the vote.
Elias took to Twitter Sunday noting president-elect Donald Trump’s fury with the Clinton team, which he says is uncalled for.
“We are getting attacked for participating in a recount that we didn’t ask for by the man who won the election but thinks there was massive fraud,” Mr. Elias said.
The deadline to file for recounts is nearing for the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
Clinton’s team and Stein’s team will need to move quickly if they intend to investigate the election results.
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