Everyone seems determined to make ludicrous claims about the elections earlier this month and the Democrats and President-Elect Donald Trump are battling for who can win this silly game.
First the liberals in the Democrat party start the campaign to have Electors switch their votes in the Electoral College and vote for Clinton instead of Trump. This is not going to happen and can you imaging their outrage if it was Trump supporters trying to do this instead of Clinton supporters. Not that consistency has ever been a trademark of political partisans.
Second are the recount efforts in Wisconsin and possibly Michigan and Pennsylvania. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, started using this hypothetical issue to raise money for her party to challenge the election results. I have read news reports that she has raised in the neighborhood of $8 million and the cost in Wisconsin will be around $1.1 million. So what happens to the rest of the money? She gets to decide that and the Green Party will have hoodwinked Democrats into funding the party.
Finally, Donald Trump jumps into the fray and says that he agrees with some far right conservatives that somehow millions of illegal voters went to the polls and that delivered Hillary Clinton a popular vote victory. That claim has about as much success of being proven correct as Stein’s effort to undue the election results in Midwest states.
The acceptance of the results of the election seems to have gone back and forth like a volleyball game. In October Donald Trump said he would accept the results of the election if he won. Pretty magnanimous if you ask me. I sure would accept the results if I won. He then backtracked and had to clarify his comments. The following is from a CNN politics article on October 20.
“Of course, I would accept a clear election result, but I would also reserve my right to contest or file a legal challenge in the case of a questionable result,” Trump said. “And always, I will follow and abide by all of the rules and traditions of all of the many candidates who have come before me. Always.”
Hillary Clinton had pounced on his claims and made it very clear that both candidates were bound by the tradition of American elections to abide by the decisions of the election. I have to assume that now she is using the legal challenge part of Trump’s statement to join in the recount effort to avoid being a hypocrite on this issue.
So where do we go from here. I don’t think they will find anything nefarious in Wisconsin voting. There might be a change of a few votes in the totals but nothing to suggest some outside body was trying to influence the election. Then the states of Pennsylvania and Michigan will have to decide if they want to engage in this fool’s errand. Meanwhile the clock is ticking and the Electoral College votes have to be certified by December 13 and the Electoral College will cast their ballots on December 19. Federal law says that all recounts must be finished within 35 days of the election so that gives them until December 13. But Jill Stein did not request a recount until 90 minutes before the deadline to do so in Wisconsin.
So what happens if these recounts are still going on when the Electoral College meets on December 19. It is possible those votes will not be cast and Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes would not be included in Trump’s total. He would still have 296, which is enough to win. But if Stein is successful in getting recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania those votes might not be able to be cast. That would put Trump below the magic number of 270. I think this is the goal. I don’t think they really believe they will find anything but if they can delay the recount certifications they can exclude these states from voting in the Electoral College.
So what happens then? If the recounts are completed by January 6, 2017 the states could ask that they be included in the count. If not then absent a 270 vote majority the election would be thrown to the House of Representatives where it is very apparent that Donald Trump would win the election. There each state gets one vote and a simple majority of the members of Congress from that state dictates who the state votes for. A look at that numbers tells you that 33 states will vote for Trump and 14 states will vote for Clinton with 3 states having the delegation split. Those are Maine, New Hampshire and New Jersey. Even giving Clinton those three votes leaves he woefully short.
The real problem with this election is that neither candidate was very popular with the American public. In the end they opted for the one they disliked the least. But the left wing of the Democrat Party cannot bring itself to accept that they lost. They have demonstrated, marched in streets, vandalized private property and demanded that Trump not be allowed to become the President. I am willing to bet that at least 50% of those demonstrators failed to vote.