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Trump campaign files objection to Jill Stein’s ‘lawless, insulting’ Michigan recount

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The Donald Trump campaign Thursday filed an objection to Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s Michigan recount, calling the effort a “lawless, insulting request.”

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The filing tables any recount activity until the Board of Canvassers rules on the objection, the Detroit Free Press reports. That meeting is scheduled for 9:30 am Friday.

The objection accuses Stein of “disenfranchising Michigan citizens” by making “residents endure an expensive, time-consuming recount, and the scrutiny and hardship that comes with it.”

“In Stein’s mind, apparently, election results are deemed unreliable, and election officials are deemed corrupt or incompetent, until proven otherwise,” the objections reads. “Nonsense.”

Towards the end of his presidential campaign, Trump floated the unsubstantiated claim that fraud could hand the presidency to his rival Hillary Clinton, even suggesting he may not accept the outcome of the election. And just last week, the president-elect himself undermined faith in the electoral process, baselessly suggesting he would have won the popular vote were it not for the “millions of people who voted illegally.” Trump currently trails Clinton by 2.5 million votes nationwide.

Despite his fears of voter fraud, the Donald Trump for President campaign insists a recount in Michigan is not only unnecessary, but unlawful. “Michigan should not grant this lawless, insulting request, and its voters should not risk having the Electoral College door knocked off its hinges, all because a 1-percent candidate is dissatisfied with the election’s outcome,” the objection reads.

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The Trump campaign added that by contesting votes in Michigan, as well as in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Stein is “sow[ing] doubts regarding the legitimacy of the presidential election.”


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