Donald Trump says Wisconsin recount push is ‘a scam’

Donald Trump has blasted a push to recount presidential votes in three key states as a “scam”. Wisconsin officials are preparing for the first presidential recount in state history, following a petition by Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein. Ms Stein is also raising money to pay for recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, citing “statistical anomalies” as a reason to question polling figures. Results would need to be overturned in all three states to change the outcome of the election.

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.

Donald Trump

Ms Stein’s recount push is being supported by Hillary Clinton’s campaign team. But Mr Trump said: “This recount is just a way for Jill Stein … 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.” Ms Stein, who polled 1% of the vote nationally, filed the Wisconsin recount petition an hour and a half before the deadline on Friday. The deadlines for filing in Pennsylvania and Michigan are Monday and Wednesday respectively.