Hillary conceded. That means to “surrender or yield”. That does not mean saying Trump won then coming out and demanding a recount. If she wanted a recount, she shouldn’t have conceded. Make up your mind Hillary.
Donald Trump launched into a furious Twitter rant Sunday morning, calling Hillary Clinton a hypocrite for joining Jill Stein’s call for recounts in three key election states.
Clinton’s team said on Saturday that it would be part of a recount initiated by Stein in Wisconsin, and would support recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Trump responded Sunday morning with a six-tweet-long screed in which he held up Clinton quotes from before and after the election, in which she called his own similar remarks about election recounts ‘horrifying.’
At around 7am EST, Trump tweeted: ‘Hillary Clinton conceded the election when she called me just prior to the victory speech and after the results were in. Nothing will change.’
Then, an hour later, came the six-tweet message in which he initially quoted Clinton’s remarks from the third presidential debate.
‘Hillary’s debate answer on delay: “That is horrifying. That is not the way our democracy works. Been around for 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections.
‘”We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them, and that is what must be expected of anyone standing on – a during a general election.
‘”I, for one, am appalled that somebody that is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that kind of position.”‘
Trump then paraphrased a remark she made in a rally speech after the debate.
‘Then, separately she stated, “He said something truly horrifying … he refused to say that he would respect the results of this election. That is a direct threat to our democracy.”‘
Finally, he quoted from her acceptance speech after losing the Electoral College vote.
‘She then said, “We have to accept the results and look to the future, Donald Trump is going to be our President. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”
‘So much time and money will be spent – same result!’ he concluded. ‘Sad.’
Trump’s take on Clinton’s criticism of his pre-election remarks does leave out a little detail.
Criticism of Trump’s calls for a recount were specifically about him challenging the results of the election before it had even taken place, due to what he said was ‘rigging’ of the polls.
In a rally in Delaware, Ohio, on October 20, he said he would ‘promise and pledge … to all of my voters and supporters, and all of the people of the United States, that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election – if I win.’
That comment, and others like it, dismissed the possibility of a fair Clinton win, and implied that he would challenge the election’s results even if it was not a close call or there was no sign of rigging.
The challenge by Stein – and now Clinton – comes post-election, and after experts have suggested that results in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania may have been altered by hackers to ensure Clinton lost.
After receiving criticism before the election, Trump amended his remarks to be more vague.
When asked point-blank if he would respect the election decision in the final debate said he would ‘tell you at the time, I’ll keep you in suspense.’
It was immediately after that remark that Clinton responded with the ‘That is horrifying’ comments that Trump tweeted Sunday morning.
The President-elect had previously accused Stein of just trying to ‘fill her coffers with money’ by initiating the ‘ridiculous’ ballot recount.
‘The people have spoken and the election is over, and as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night, in addition to her conceding by congratulating me, “We must accept this result and then look to the future”,’ Trump said in the statement obtained by Bloomberg.
‘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.
‘All three states were won by large numbers of voters, especially Pennsylvania, which was won by more than 70,000 votes.
‘This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing.’
Trump did not attack Clinton in that statement, but later went after the Democrats for joining Stein in her campaign.
On Saturday evening, he tweeted to his followers about Stein’s ‘scam’ to ‘fill up her coffers’, adding that she had been joined by the Democrats.
‘The Green Party scam to fill up their coffers by asking for impossible recounts is now being joined by the badly defeated & demoralized Dems,’ he wrote.
Later he tweeted again about the Democrats, saying they pushed him to accept the election results but that was ‘not so anymore’.
‘The Democrats, when they incorrectly thought they were going to win, asked that the election night tabulation be accepted. Not so anymore!’ he tweeted.
His aide Kellyanne Conway also said the Democrat’s campaign couldn’t ‘accept reality’.