Donald Trump's Recount Tweets Are A Never-Ending Stream Of Consciousness
A soon-to-begin vote recount in Wisconsin could threaten the 10 electoral votes that President-elect Donald Trump picked up earlier this month in the Badger State. Based on his response to the recount's announcement, the president-elect is not happy about it. Since Saturday, Trump's vote recount tweets have become a never-ending stream of consciousness that has targeted both the Green Party and Democrats.
The recount became official on Friday, when the Wisconsin Elections Commission acknowledged recount requests from Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and another candidate, Rocky Roque De La Fuente. In the commission's statement, administrator Michael Haas said that the recount could begin as early as this week. It will likely last at least until the federal government's deadline of Dec. 13. If Wisconsin's original election results are overturned, or if the state misses the mid-December deadline, Trump could stand to lose 10 electoral votes. While that's not a major windfall from the grand total of 538 available votes, it could dish a sturdy blow to his reputation, weakening his victory in November's general election.
In the days after Wisconsin's recount announcement, Trump took to Twitter, as he so often does, to voice his concern. On Saturday, he called the recount campaign a "scam" and "ridiculous." In both a tweet and a corresponding statement, Trump specifically criticized the Green Party, which is backing Stein's campaign to fund recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania, as well as Wisconsin.
On Sunday, Trump's criticisms continued on Twitter, but he turned his attention from the Green Party to Democrats. Specifically, Trump seemed to call on Hillary Clinton to condemn the recount, even using one of her own quotes against her. Clinton herself has not commented on the recount, but her campaign said Saturday that it would participate in the recount effort to make sure it is "fair to all sides."
In his tweets from Sunday, Trump seems to argue that Clinton and other Democrats wanted Republicans and Trump voters to accept the election results in November no matter what, but now, it's Democrats and other non-Trump voters who won't accept the results without a recount. He's not entirely wrong, but neither Clinton nor her campaign called for the recount, despite loud calls for them to do so. Not to mention, his stream-of-consciousness delivery of that message demonstrates a tendency that has become worrisome to many over the course of his campaign. It seems that tendency may not end when his presidency starts.