President-elect Donald Trump doesn't want there to be a recount in Michigan — and his campaign is throwing a classic Trumper tantrum to make sure it doesn't happen.
According to a report by The Washington Post on Thursday, attorneys representing the president-elect have filed an objection with the Board of State Canvassers arguing that there isn't enough time to complete the recount, that Stein's petition wasn't properly notarized, and that Stein's poor showing in that state deprives her of a credible case to having been "aggrieved" by the results of the election.
“Jill Stein’s 1 percent temper tantrum cannot go unchecked,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel, Mitt Romney's niece. “Stein is not an aggrieved candidate, she cannot possibly win, and she is putting the participation of every single Michigan voter in jeopardy, for no reason, at an exorbitant cost to the Michigan taxpayers.”
In response to this, Stein issued a statement describing the Trump objection as "cynical efforts to delay the recount and create unnecessary costs for taxpayers" and felt they are "shameful and outrageous.”
Although Stein has also requested recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, she has been particularly specific in pointing to "red flags" in Michigan's results.
“Michigan has this very high level of under votes, that is, blank ballots. This is quite an unusual number,” Stein said in a Wednesday radio interview on WDET's "Detroit Today." Stein's comment referenced the 75,335 ballots cast without a vote in the presidential contest in 2016, a figure twice as large as from 2008 and a 61 percent increase from 2012.
Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC. MORE FROM Matthew Rozsa
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