Jill Stein's gift to Donald Trump


I was not impressed by Jill Stein during the campaign and am less impressed now. Hillary Clinton should renounce Stein's move to initiate recounts absent evidence of hacking or other manipulation of the tally, of which none has not been offered to date. I refer you to the analysis at FiveThirtyEight linked below.

My first thought was that the only rationale I could see for HRC's complicity in this affair is to head off charges by Stein that the recount was rigged if it does not go her way. Upon further consideration I can perhaps buy the argument from Clinton's general counsel that the Clinton camp, and presumably the Trump camp as well, should participate in the recount if there is one to ensure the process is managed fairly. This would not preclude Clinton from disavowing recounts while asserting her team must reluctantly take part once a recount is initiated.

Donald Trump is an accomplished demagogue. He and the acolyte of Ayn Rand who serves as Speaker of the House can do great and lasting harm over the next four years. We should be engaged in grassroots organizing and other efforts to support Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Keith Ellison, and others who will stand against Trumpism.

This stuff from Stein is a gift for Trump. He and Kellyanne Conway are adept at media manipulation. Already they are using the recount to take the spotlight off Trump's multiple conflicts of interest and some abominable people he proposes to bring into his administration. Stein's pursuit of recounts does not serve our cause. And like the protests immediately after the election, it sets a precedent that will be with us beyond 2016.

Further Reading

Carl Bialek and Rob Arthur, Demographics, Not Hacking, Explain The Election Results, FiveThirtyEight, November 23, 2016

Emma Brockes, Bernie Sanders meets Spike Lee: ‘Where do we go? Where is the hope?’, The Guardian, November 26, 2016

Brent Griffiths, Trump rages as Clinton helps recount, Politico, November 26, 2016

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