Donald Trump Decries Recount Efforts While Also Repeating Lie that Millions Voted Illegally

A recount is set to begin in Wisconsin on Thursday while the Green Party’s Jill Stein is leading efforts for recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania

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JAISAL NOOR, TRNN: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has taken to Twitter again to blast election recount efforts while simultaneously claiming voter fraud cost him the popular vote.

On Saturday Hillary Clinton’s legal team has agreed to participate in the recount which was requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

JILL STEIN: We have a system that basically invites tampering.

NOOR: Clinton leads by over 2 million in the electoral vote.

The decision prompted Trump to unleash another Twitter tirade, blasting recount efforts as a scam, but while also claiming he won the popular vote if “you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

Election officials in Wisconsin on Monday said a recount of the presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would demonstrate the integrity of elections held in that state.

As it presently stands, Trump won Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes on the basis of having received 22,177 more popular votes than Clinton.

MARK THOMSEN: If nothing else this is going to give us a very good audit. It is going to reassure Wisconsin voters that we have a fair system, that it is–, we are not counting illegal votes. We are not counting dead people’s votes. And, it’s really, really important to know that in Wisconsin, elections are fair and accurate and conducted by hard-working people, my fellow citizens.

NOOR: Stein is also pushing for recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania, an effort she says is aimed at guaranteeing the integrity of the U.S. voting system. Election results were certified in Michigan Monday and Wednesday is the deadline for requesting a recount in that state. Stay tuned to the Real News for updates to this story.

This is Jaisal Noor.

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