It’s December, but there is still presidential election action going on in a handful of states. The Michigan election recount, driven by the protestation of fringe Green Party candidate Jill Stein, has witnessed another development that impacts the narrative “foul play” was involved.
The Detroit Free Press reported:
After two days of ballot counting, conflicting court decisions and legal wranglings between frustrated lawyers, a federal judge on Wednesday halted the hand recount of 4.8 million ballots cast for president in Michigan, concluding there’s no real evidence of foul play and there’s no valid reason to continue the recount.
Judge Mark Goldsmith then laid it on in his opinion, directly citing claims that “Russian hackers” had somehow meddled in the presidential election. As Detroit Free Press reported:
In his eight-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith said “there is no basis” for him to ignore a state court ruling that said the recount should never had started. He was referring to the Michigan Court of Appeals 3-0 ruling, which said that Green Party Candidate Jill Stein, who requested the recount, never had a shot at winning with her fourth-place finish and 1% of the vote, and therefore was not an aggrieved candidate.
Goldsmith’s ruling also bolstered some arguments that were repeatedly made by the Michigan Republican Party: that there was never any evidence that hacking or fraud occurred at the polls, and that Michigan’s voting system is so secure that not even the “Gremlins, Martians or Russian hackers” could tamper with it. That argument appeared to carry some weight with the judge.
Hillary Clinton has been a proponent of the election recount effort after lambasting President-Elect Donald Trump for arguing the election is “rigged,” and not accepting the results before the election had taken place.
“He became the first person, Republican or Democrat, who refused to say that he would respect the results of this election. Now, that is a direct threat to our democracy,” Hillary Clinton said at a New Hampshire rally.
American voters can give that dubious distinction to Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein–who have gone much further than refuse to accept the results of an election before it has taken place. The candidates have collaborated to drag out an election in a fashion that undermines the legitimacy of the incoming President.
One judge, thankfully, has put an end to the legal machinations–at least for the State of Michigan.