Following reports that Hillary Clinton supporters have asked for recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, a top Donald Trump aide has taken to Twitter to mock them.
On Thursday morning, Kellyanne Conway tweeted a link to a New York Times article, writing, “Look who ‘can’t accept the election results.’” The response from the political strategist comes several weeks after Trump had stated on the campaign trail that he would not accept the election results if he lost, citing a "rigged" system.
Although Trump won the electoral vote, a large number of academics and activists are urging Clinton to call for a recount.
According to The Guardian, a loose coalition is readying to deliver a report which features its concerns to congressional committee chairs and should be delivered early next week. “I’m interested in verifying the vote,” Dr. Barbara Simons, an adviser to the U.S. election assistance commission told The Guardian. “We need to have post-election ballot audits.”
Another group led by John Bonifaz, the founder of the National Voting Rights Institute and professor Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan’s center for computer security and society are also calling for a recount. Halderman believes voting equipment in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan should be examined.
“Unfortunately, nobody is ever going to examine that evidence unless candidates in those states act now, in the next several days, to petition for recounts,” said Halderman.
If Clinton herself doesn’t ask for a recount, Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein may take matters into her own hands. CNN reports that Stein is seeking an audit and recount and has raised more than $2 million to pay for it. Stein is now seeking to raise $4.5 million.
While Stein doesn’t stand to win anything from a recount, she said she is not doing it to help Clinton. “These recounts are part of an election integrity movement to attempt to shine a light on just how untrustworthy the U.S. election system is.”