President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday slammed Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s efforts to request a recount in Wisconsin, labeling it a “scam” designed to raise money for her campaign.
“This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount,” Trump said in a statement released by his transition team. “This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing.”
Trump was largely on mum on Hillary Clinton’s campaign participation in the recount. In a short post Saturday afternoon, Clinton’s top election lawyer announced that the former secretary of state’s campaign would participate in the Wisconsin recount.
In the only mention of his former foe, Trump said that Clinton had already conceded to him — adding it is time for America to move on.
“The people have spoken and the election is over, and as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night, in addition to her conceding by congratulating me, ‘We must accept this result and then look to the future.’”
But Trump called out Stein, who has raised millions to fund her efforts, for trying to call into question a state that he won by just over 22,000 votes. The third-party candidate filed for a recount in Wisconsin just before the deadline on Friday and is mulling whether to file similar requests in Michigan and Pennsylvania.