WASHINGTON, November 27, 2016 – Just fifty-three days to Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. But that is, regrettably, a long ways off.
For now Trump’s presidency isn’t official yet. #NeverTrump opponents in the Democratic National Committee, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Clinton Campaign Backs Jill Stein’s Election Recount Effort: Lawyer), are using the Green Party’s 2016 presidential candidate Jill Stein to demand a vote recount in Wisconsin, a traditionally blue state.
One prediction political watchers may make is that as Tim Kaine stepped aside to allow Debbie Wassermann-Shultz a position in the DNC we will see Jill Stein being embraced by the DNC, possibly even for the 2020 election.
This action by Stein, supported by the DNC and Clinton, no matter how behind the scenes the stool she sits upon is, is treasonous in that they are “betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.”
Only they are hiding their actions under the hypocritical cry of “demanding a free and fair election.”
With seemingly everyone watching the polls, including cries to voters to report anything they might see, there is little doubt that the polls were accurate. And it has been asked before: If the results were different, and Clinton had won, what would be the response if Trump demanded a recount?
That is a hypothetical question as we all know he would be called a traitor and a demagogue for not accepting the results.
Seeming to agree with that statement, Hillary Clinton, on the campaign trial said that no candidate, Republican or Democrat, has ever contested the results of an election, calling Trump a “threat to democracy”:
So why is Stein and the DNC spending millions of dollars better spent on, say, hungry children, and acting in a manner whose goal is to further divide America, create protests and contribute to our malaise?
There has been a lot of talk about the Electoral College, and despite Hillary Clinton conceding the win to Donald Trump, they have yet to certify Trump’s victory. But in reality that is just a formality. Trump won. Period.
But the results of our democratic election process, and the Electoral Vote, did not go the way an overconfident Clinton camp knew it would (see above image) and now #NeverTrump groups are attempting to circumvent, if not destroy, the electoral college created by our framers to insure that no one state, particularly one with large cities and mass populations, had a greater say in our government than a state where the population is less, and the needs of government are different.
The difference being the needs and wants of the banker on Wall Street and the rancher in Montana.
But this bickering and divisive behavior by Stein and her colleagues means more property destruction, the death of more police and civilians, more hate, more arguing, and more negativity through the New Year.
Important dates found on the U.S. Electoral College website are:
December 13, 2016
States must make final decisions in any controversies over the appointment of their electors at least six days before the meeting of the Electors. This is so their electoral votes will be presumed valid when presented to Congress.
December 19, 2016
The Electors meet in their state and vote for President and Vice President on separate ballots. The electors record their votes on six “Certificates of Vote,” which are paired with the six remaining Certificates of Ascertainment.
The electors sign, seal, and certify six sets of electoral votes. A set of electoral votes consists of one Certificate of Ascertainment and one Certificate of Vote.
December 28, 2016
Electoral votes (the Certificates of Vote) must be received by the President of the Senate and the Archivist no later than nine days after the meeting of the electors. States face no legal penalty for failure to comply.
On or Before January 3, 2017
The Archivist and/or representatives from the Office of the Federal Register meet with the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House in late December or early January. This is, in part, a ceremonial occasion. Informal meetings may take place earlier.
January 6, 2017
The Congress meets in joint session to count the electoral votes.
The leading voice in the recount Stein said:
“After a divisive and painful presidential race, reported hacks into voter and party databases and individual email accounts are causing many American to wonder if our election results are reliable. These concerns need to be investigated before the 2016 presidential election is certified. We deserve elections we can trust.”
Hillary Clinton has publicly denied that there was any foul play with the election results yet she is saying one thing and doing another as her team is joining Stein in the recount process in Wisconsin. And if there are recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, they will join those efforts, too.
Their hope being that they can change how the Electoral College (EC) votes overall, including threatening EC member to change their votes, or else. (Electoral College members harassed, threatened in last-ditch attempt to block Trump)
The chances of a state flipping are slim. Hillary Clinton’s dreams of being president have evaporated. President Obama, who aggressively campaigned for, promoting and defending Clinton’s White House run, has now vowed to assist in the transition of power to the GOP candidate. The President released the following statement to Politico.com:
The Obama administration said it has seen no evidence of hackers tampering with the 2016 presidential election, even as recount proceedings began in Wisconsin.
“We stand behind our election results, which accurately reflect the will of the American people,” a senior administration official said.
“The federal government did not observe any increased level of malicious cyber activity aimed at disrupting our electoral process on election day,” the official added. “We believe our elections were free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective.”
There is little chance for #NeverTrump to actually flip the election results and Clinton might consider not being a burr under the saddle of a President elect who has said he is ready to move on and let her be in hopes of quelling a divided populace.
The New York Times reporting (Donald Trump Drops Threat of New Hillary Clinton Investigation):
“I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t,” Mr. Trump said during the interview. “She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways, and I am not looking to hurt them at all. The campaign was vicious.”
His reversal on prosecuting Mrs. Clinton was particularly striking given the outsize role the issue played during the presidential campaign, in which her use of a private email server as secretary of state became a prominent theme, and one she has blamed for her loss to Mr. Trump.
Mr. Trump said he wanted to “move forward” from the subject. Without elaborating, he said that “we’ll have people that do things,” perhaps a reference to the F.B.I. or Republicans who might continue to press for prosecutions in the email or foundation cases. But the president-elect made clear that he would not seek to pursue an investigation himself nor make it a priority after he assumes office. (emphasis added)
The decision angered some of his most fervent supporters, who immediately criticized his seeming change of heart.
“Broken Promise,” blared the headline on Breitbart News, a conservative news site that has strongly backed Mr. Trump.
“It’s not something that I feel very strongly about,” Mr. Trump said at The Times, unlike health care or immigration. “This has been a very painful period of time.”
After reversing on his campaign promise to pursue investigations into her tenure as Secretary of State, the illegal server she kept, her handling of secure to confidential information, Benghazi and the actions of the DNC during the campaign, Clinton might be smart to not stir the pot of divisiveness in the United States and encourage others to do the same.
Because the election results will not change. But as we all know, Donald Trump can, and will, change his mind.