Week's Biggest Loser: Jill Stein (Hillary Clinton Again...)
Among the countless cries from the left of unfairness and a new found interest in abandoning the electoral college (I dare any liberal to say they'd have the same response if the roles were reversed...), it is not former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that is leading the desired charge for a recount. Green Party candidate Jill Stein has called for a revisiting of the vote in several critical key battle ground states, where she received a whopping 1% of the overall ballots cast.
Under the guise of unproven claims of "voter fraud" and "hacking," little evidence has been provided to support such assertions, other than Stein and other liberals are unwilling to accept the outcome. The states in question were typical Democrat, working class strongholds during recent elections, which Trump managed to change from blue to red. With Stein's efforts concentrating on Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan (all conveniently Trump wins), numerous questions have surfaced over motive, goal, and what a candidate that was seemingly irrelevant this election hopes to achieve.
While some insist that Clinton or her team are the true puppet masters behind the recount (would anyone put it past them at this point?), others argue the endeavor is merely a means to challenge the legitimacy of President-elect Trump's victory (Look no further than Stein's Twitter). Regardless of motive, the results appear to be having quite the opposite effect, as reversals are minimal or opposite of intended, expenses continue to pile up, deadlines have been missed, and judges decide to rule against forced intervention.
Trump Presidency Imminent
With petitions filed in battleground blue states and recounts already underway, here are a number of issues now confronting challengers:
- Jill Stein's website provided a disclaimer, which stated she can in no way guarantee that donations will fully be used towards the recount. Although initially unclear, the website has since insisted that any remaining balance would, "go towards election integrity efforts and to promote voting system reform." You can find this information on her website, but I will not be providing a link here...
- Generally speaking, the entire effort was not a cheap undertaking and now appears to be a complete bust in terms of unseating Trump. Not to mention, Stein's campaign originally insisted that the total required funds were $2.5 million, before increasing it to $4.5 million, $7.5 million, and then an absurd $9.5 million (red flags anyone!).
- CBS News estimates the following cost per state breakdown: Wisconsin - $1 million, Pennsylvania - $500,000, and Michigan - $600,000.
- A federal judge halted the Michigan recount, citing a court ruling that did not recognize Stein's request at revisiting the vote as valid. The District Judge said that Stein was relying on, "speculative claims," as opposed to, "actual injury."
- Dragging Hillary Clinton back into the spotlight not only reminds the public of her humiliating defeat, but is also having the unintended consequence of unearthing more votes cast for Donald Trump. Although eventually picking up an insignificant amount of votes, Wisconsin was actually adding to Trump's total during their recount.
- With the other states virtually out of play and Pennsylvania lacking the electoral impact to sway the election's outcome, Stein would have to convince a federal court that a recount there would be significant enough to force the state to oblige her.
Was it to cause controversy, linger in the spot light a few more moments, skim some cash off the top of donations, or a covert Clinton operation? Who knows, who cares at this point, as the venture to vanquish Trump, through tantrums and questioning the system, seems to have utterly failed. Jill Stein is this weeks biggest loser for wasting donor's money on a recount that never stood a chance of reversing course of the conclusion, as is Hillary Clinton, who has perhaps sunk even lower in defeat.
Runners up (in no particular order):
- The 49ers for stubbornly insisting they are starting Colin Kaepernick against the New York Jets, despite having more sacks than passing yards against the Chicago Bears last week (five sacks and a measly four completed passing yards).
- Sunshine Sachs cancelling its Christmas Party over Hillary Clinton's loss, therefore robbing employees of some holiday cheer that they most likely desperately need with Trump assuming control shortly after the New Year.
- Lena Dunham for her disturbing (dear God, nobody-wants-to-see-that) toilet selfie.