An effort has begun, spearheaded by former Green Party Candidate Jill Stein, to recount votes in several swing states won by Donald Trump the beginning of this month. Stein, who garnered less than 1% of the national vote, is a far-left populist who has admirable aspirations to promote free college and free healthcare. But, these promises failed to win her the presidency, or even a vote total that was even notable.Nonetheless, she has started a campaign to reverse the decision that Donald trump will be the next President of the United States, and has already gained $4 million in generous donations from disgruntled voters who feel that Clinton was cheated out of the election. Among those people is former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who promised similar things to Jill Stein during his candidacy.
The states in which the campaign is being conducted are Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, all of which had Trump winning by a slim margin (between 20,000 votes and 80,000 votes in the most extreme estimates). The reason that many are calling for a recount is because each of these states have traditionally went Democratic, with the exception of Ronald Reagan’s reelection campaign in 1984. They have traditionally gone blue because of their blue collar, working class voter base and major population concentrations around metropolitan areas (typically which swing major states either right or left depending on the political winds). This year, however, it appears that Trump somehow won those states, most likely because Democratic voters failed to turn out in the numbers that were expected in the states where it counted the most: the swing states.
Let me be the first to say that I believe the recount is a waste of time, energy, and resources, and also has a way of opening up old wounds and starting ridiculous feuding once again between the two major candidates. Just yesterday, Hillary Clinton jumped back in on the bandwagon to conduct a recount, on a sped up time table that rarely is shown by major candidates this close to a loss in an election. We have already seen major fallout. The next Trump administration is calling it a campaign hoax, and an attempt to fund-raise. The President-Elect himself has come out in saying that he believes Hillary won the popular vote only because of voter fraud in larger states. If it had been me in Trump’s shoes, I would have kept my mouth shut because I understand that it is unnecessary to fire back at something unless I believe it to be a threat. His comments have turned the recount into an actual movement, and it appears that a recount will be held in at least Wisconsin as of current.