While President-elect Donald Trump might be looking ahead and building his new administration, unsuccessful Green Party candidate Jill Stein is not yet ready to accept the outcome of the election on November 8.
She’s called for forced recounts in three Midwestern battleground states: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Trump won by a small margin in the former two states, and the latter was too close to call.
But it’s going to cost her to get her wish, and it’s not cheap. The total is a whopping estimated $6-7 million.
Stein called for donations on her website, saying: “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.”
And Stein’s call seems to have gained traction. She has now raised enough money to fund recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and is still pursuing her goal in Michigan.
While the recounts are unlikely to change the election result, they could complicate Trump’s Thanksgiving call for national unity as he tries to move past such a nasty presidential campaign.
Stein’s efforts have split voters. Some applaud her efforts – particularly those who wanted Hillary Clinton to win.
Whereas others aren’t so convinced, seeing it more as a publicity stunt for the Green Party.
Some are even cynical about where all the money will actually go.
Jill Stein is going to buy a GORGEOUS kiln with all that cash— Kate Berlant (@kateberlant) November 25, 2016