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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Two weeks before the presidential election, Hillary Clinton declared she would fully accept the election results. To fail to do so "is a direct threat to our democracy," she warned, denouncing Donald Trump for being "the first person, Republican or Democrat, who refused to say that he would respect the results of this election."
In fact, at the presidential debate where Trump first expressed uncertaintly about accepting the election results, Clinton responded, "That's horrifying."
At a rally in Philadelphia she took the occasion to push her point, claiming that American elections always saw the "peaceful transfer of power," which makes "the difference between the rule of law and the rule of strong men."
The media was happy to back her, with CNN's Jeremy Diamond writing that Trump's refusal to accept the election results threatened "to cast unprecedented doubt on the legitimacy of the electoral process."
Now, only weeks after Trump's win, Clinton has changed her tune, joining in Jill Stein's recount efforts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Clinton admits there's no evidence of hacking or voter fraud, nor does she believe the outcome will result in an overturning of election results — but she is supporting the recount allegedly to ensure Russian hackers had not interfered with the voting machines.
Stein herself admits she does not expect the recount efforts to change the election results, nor does she have evidence the election was rigged or that the voting machines were in fact tampered with. Rather, her campaign has seized on a study done by computer science professer J. Alex Halderman, who claims there's persuasive evidence that the voting machines used in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin could have been hacked.
When grilled at Wednesday's press conference in Michigan announcing the recount, Halderman repeatedly confirmed that none of the voting machines in Michigan had been shown to be hacked.
The media ridiculed Trump for claiming the election was "rigged." "Donald Trump's Voter Fraud Claims Are Ridiculous," blared a Washington Post headline, with author Philip Bump declaring that "common sense" would tell anyone the vote isn't rigged.
"How do you find hundreds of people to go vote multiple times in precisely the right places to throw the election?" he asked — precisely the question now being asked by Michigan taxpayers who will be footing the bill for Stein's costly venture, potentially costing several million.
Such concerns coupled with no evidence of hacking led Dave Wasserman of Cook Political Report to say, "Left-wing conspiracy theories of vote rigging [are] pathetic."
Watch the panel discuss the ramifications of this political ploy in "The Download—Recount Rundown."