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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Is the Election Over?

                Hillary Clinton conceded defeat three weeks ago, and most Americans thought the presidential election was behind us. Apparently we were wrong. All those paid protesters were simply the prelude to new drama.

                President-elect Donald Trump recently claimed on Twitter that “millions” of people voted illegally in the election. He presented no proof for his claim. We can only guess at the reason for his statement, but we can suspect a few possibilities.

                One reason could have something to do with all the noise that Hillary won the “popular vote” by more than two million. I read something a few days ago that more than three million illegal votes were cast in the election. If that figure is true – and most of the illegals voted for Clinton – then Trump won the popular vote!

                A second reason could have to do with Green Party candidate Jill Stein who filed for a recount in Wisconsin last week and may file for recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan. Trump flipped these traditionally Democrat-leaning states, and Stein apparently believes that Russian hacking of the political machines caused Clinton’s defeat. Again, there is no evidence of any tampering by hackers.

                In fact, the Obama administration issued this statement: “We stand behind our election results, which accurately reflect the will of the American people…. The federal government did not observe any increased level of malicious cyber activity aimed at disrupting our electoral process on Election Day…. We believe our elections were free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective.”

                So, if there is no evidence of millions of illegal votes or election tampering – and the federal government believes the election was fair, why is Jill Stein, supported by Hillary Clinton, calling for recounts three weeks after Clinton conceded the election and Stein failed to get enough votes to even matter? Is it just a scam by Stein to get donations? Are people trying to tie up the electoral votes in those states to force Trump’s numbers below 270?

                The answer is: Who knows?

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