Now that the Hillary Clinton campaign has joined Jill Stein’s efforts to recount the 2016 election results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, Donald Trump has officially responded in the form of a tweetstorm that ran from Saturday evening to early Sunday morning.
The response for Trump was simple: He called Stein’s efforts at raising money a “scam,” and his campaign released a statement Saturday calling the Clinton campaign “a pack of sore losers.”
But Trump spent time on Saturday evening and plenty more Sunday morning tweeting his thoughts.Previously on Saturday, Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager, released a statement, saying, “What a pack of sore losers. After asking Mr. Trump and his team a million times on the trail, ‘Will HE accept the election results?’ it turns out Team Hillary and their new BFF Jill Stein can’t accept reality.
“Rather than adhere to the tradition of graciously conceding and wishing the winner well, they’ve opted to waste millions of dollars and dismiss the democratic process. The people have spoken. Time to listen up. #YesYourPresident.”
Clinton, for what it’s worth, has earned more than 2 million more popular votes than Trump.
As of Sunday morning, Stein, who has called the election “hack-riddled,” had raised more than $6 million to petition Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania to recount their votes. Wisconsin already is in the process of doing so, while the deadlines to apply for a recount in Pennsylvania and Michigan are Monday and Wednesday, respectively.
On Saturday, Clinton’s general counsel Marc Elias wrote in a Medium blog post that the Clinton campaign would participate in the recount, even though it wasn’t entirely optimistic about changing the results.
“Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides,” Elias wrote. “If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well.”
To be fair, Trump stated for much of his campaign that the election was rigged and that he might not accept the results—unless he won. Now that somebody else is contesting it, he’s annoyed. And, apparently, sad.