As we reported earlier, the Hillary campaign is grasping at straws to “ensure the integrity of the election.” In her world, that means investigating the vote in key swing states, just in case baseless conspiracies about Russian hackers happen to be true. This comes after Green Party candidate Jill Stein has raised millions for such a recount.
No one seems to think the rumors are true however, even those who pushed for her to demand a recount. As was noted, Marc Elias (the Clinton campaign’s counsel) said the campaign’s own investigation has not uncovered any evidence of hacked voting systems.
Now, another man who once lost to Hillary in the popular vote but still managed to defeat her is speaking out: President Obama.
Via The Hill
The Obama administration has defended the integrity of the presidential election despite fears of Russia attempting to undermine the vote. A statement of confidence in the election as “free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective” came Friday as some liberal opponents of President-elect Donald Trump pushed for recounts in three states.
In its statement, the administration blasted Russian-directed hacking and release of emails from Democratic groups over the summer, according to The New York Times. “Nevertheless, we stand behind our election results, which accurately reflect the will of the American people,” the statement added.
The statement comes as Green Party candidate Jill Stein pushes for a recount in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, traditionally blue states that went for Trump this year.
Pennsylvania had not gone red since 1988, and Wisconsin not since 1984. And the Detroit Free Press reported Friday that Michigan had finally been called for Trump.
Supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton have backed the recount push, citing some computer scientists who have suggested paper ballots in the states be manually reviewed amid vote hacking fears. The administration said it was “confident in the overall integrity of electoral infrastructure” and that the “elections were free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective.”
For sure the Obama administration ain’t thrilled Trump won either, but at least they’re not desperate enough to challenge reality. And given the supposed enmity between the Obamas and the Clintons, you have to wonder if there isn’t a little schadenfreude involved.
Hey, if Hillary wants to get let down twice, power be to her.
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]