A federal judge ruled late Wednesday night that the Michigan recount should immediately be halted. The judge noted that the recount was a waste of taxpayer money as there was no proof of fraud or mistakes presented by Jill Stein or the Green Party. US District Judge Mark Goldsmith noted that a “recount as an audit” of an election with no proof of fraud has never been endorsed by any court and that Michigan will be no exception. However, Recount 2016 leader Jill Stein says the ruling was “disheartening.”
CNN reports that a federal judge squashed all hopes of a Clinton presidency once and for all on Wednesday evening. Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled to uphold longstanding recount laws by denying Jill Stein a recount as a form of election audit. While Jill Stein is a Green Party advocate and leader, many Hillary Clinton supporters jumped on the Recount 2016 train on the hopes that Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania election results could be overturned, resulting in a Clinton presidency.
However, those dreams were crushed when the judge upheld the ruling that recounts should not be used to audit elections but rather are only used when state recount margins are met or when there is proof of voter fraud. Without proof that fraud took place, Judge Goldsmith said the courts could not uphold the recount and ordered all recount efforts to be halted.
“A recount as an audit of the election has never been endorsed by any court.”
During the Bush vs. Gore election, when the hanging chad became household talk, Florida courts adopted a highly unusual exception to the audit rule, something Michigan was not prepared to do given that they do not use punch systems and the election had already been audited and deemed too large of a margin for a mandatory recount. This ruling has not stopped Jill Stein from criticizing the election results.
According to USA Today, a Stein campaign spokesman David Cobb has called the ruling a “national disgrace.”
“What we’re seeing is a national disgrace. We see that in Detroit, half of the votes were ineligible to recount because of antiquated state laws. Just as we were gearing up to discover something wrong going on, the court stopped us.”
Cobb notes that no voter fraud was uncovered in the recount process but says they campaign was “gearing up to discover something.” Stein herself took to Twitter to express her disappointment with the halting of the recount noting that while federal courts have stopped the process, the issue is still open in the “court of public opinion.”
Shutting down Michigan’s recount is disgraceful. We deserve an election system we can trust, that is fair, secure, and just! #Recount2016
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) December 8, 2016
It’s disheartening a judge gave in to Donald Trump and Michigan Republicans, and lifted his emergency order that had kicked off #RecountMI.
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) December 8, 2016
Though Stein says her recount efforts were not an attempt to get Clinton elected, many Hillary Clinton supporters were hoping to piggy back off the efforts in a bid to see their candidate make her way to the White House. With Michigan’s ruling now made, there is no viable path for Clinton to secure the presidency. Even if Pennsylvania and Wisconsin both flipped to Clinton, she would still not have the 270 needed to secure the election.
Similarly, ABC News has noted that things do not appear to be changing in Wisconsin, where the recount is over 70 percent complete. Clinton has picked up just 82 votes in a state that Trump won by more than 22,000.
What do you think about the judge’s ruling that Michigan will not continue with the recount?
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Nothing is over!!!
er, sorry. First Blood moment there.
Is this nonsense REALLY over now?
I’m sure Jill is disappointed. After all, she’s going to have to pay the tab for the recount instead of keeping the $7M+ she’s raised, for an ‘honest elections’ foundation I bet she’d planned on establishing to stay relevant.
Nope. Not until 1/20/17. The leftards now have the ‘Russian connection’ card to play. These pukes wont stop until Hitlery is prez.
No, they will just move to the next tactic. Currently, it is the Russians are Coming!
The left never ever gives up. Ever.
The left could be down to a diversity director and a dog catcher and they will still act like they own the place.
The Dems are moving on to threaten, bribe, or cajole electors.
Not sure if it’s really over. This story is from Wed. Seems to me she/they can still appeal especially with this BS Russian hacking story those Traitors McCain and Grahnm are pushing.
No one really believes it. This is only relegating them to the looney bin.
Well then they’ll have a war on their hands.
I’ve only used guns a handful of times in my life, but I will get in my car and join up with the nearest militia if that happens.
Let’s hope that doesn’t happen!!
Just be careful not to shoot your friends. Novices with guns actually does scare me.
12/19 is when it’s over. There is nothing that can be said or done to stop the Republican house from accepting the electors that put Trump over the top.
I agree. I’ll stay home and root for our side on the couch!! 🙂
DJT has to watch and make sure that SorozNazi/DNC don’t steal (bribe, threaten, or?) his electors
And as long as dogs are treated as second class citizens, they’ll still be relevant.
The PA recount hearing is tomorrow (I think the judge delayed it so Stein does have little time to appeal after being this being turned down too), not sure about the Florida lawsuit and of course this Russia hack stuff that they are now making up to discredit Trump.
Remember at first the Obama administration said there was no credible evidence of the Russians hacking voting machines and if the Russians had been hacking their way into helping Trump Obama would have said so much earlier.
He is playing games and once Trump takes office he should appoint some one to look deep into the politization of the FBI, CIA, IRS and all other agencies the Dems used to suppress the people who do not think like they do (Rudy!)!
Soros and his democrat minions are still trying to buy off and/or threaten the electors. They’re really trying to bring down our entire election system.
January 20th can’t come fast enough.
I’ll be there with you.
So, was it illegal aliens from Russia that cast too many ballots for Trump? I thought Obama said it was ok to vote in the US elections if you were an illegal alien?
MOAR! Schadenfreude pie, please. With a Brandy/powdered sugar/butter sauce on top.
I will join with you. I won’t rest till Jan 20
Let’s do a recount in ILL-ANNOY, except it needs to include an audit of voter registration records. The dead voters, the undocumented foreign voters, and the unregistered voters – if eliminated from the Crook County count – may have been the difference. ILL-ANNOY might have gone RED.
Hillary, you lost. America did not want you or your vagina in the Oval Office, Just go back to Chappaqua and bake cookies for your grandchildren.
Love your screen name. Sounds like a mafia gangster’s name 🙂
snowflakes are sad and lost.
There is zero proof the russians did anything.
For people saying they are the experts at intl diplomacy, accusing another fairly powerful country of altering your election results is a serious insult without irrefutable evidence.
This is doing several things as all their schemes do. Obama getting back at putin for syria. Deflecting off crimimal charges for hillary and huma and obama. Deflecting off murder of whistleblower and actual leaker, Seth Rich. Deflecting off the truth contained in the dnc and hillary emails. Shifting off the massive security breaches of hillary and huma. Giving hillary cover she didnt lose election, it was stolen.
All of it total bs.
Oh yeah one more. Trying to rob trump of his overwhelming mandate and rejection of the last 8 obama years.
HOORAY U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith
I tell my nephews, who are all in their 20s, life is a mother ####er and will keep you on the floor if you let it.
You keep fighting and fighting and that’s how you succeed.
I got a little rough with two of them when they were younger, and I have no regrets.
They are all doing well.
####ing snowflakes out there make me sick. can’t take losing.
It used to be Bush’s fault, but now it’s Vlad’s fault.
And Michigan Supreme Court refused to take the case of the complaining witch
“I’ve only used guns a handful of times in my life”
I know you’re in New York, but can’t you buy a firearm and practice at a local range?
Even if you have to jump through a few hoops, it is your right, and somewhat of a civic duty. Besides, it’s all kinds of fun.
I’m opening a quart bottle of ice cold Bailey’s Irish Cream and toasting to all these ‘squashed hopes’ of the slippery and scheming Clinton supporters. Absolutely too funny, hahaha. Merry Xmas everyone!
It is GREAT.
And it is my civic duty.
The trek to PA gets tiring after a while!
I shall investigate the process this instant.
Finding four character references aint gonna be that easy.
I’m known to be a little off my rocker. But I’ve mellowed in 48 years 🙂
“Hillary and I are actually the same person….that’s why you never see us together.”
“Finding four character references aint gonna be that easy.”
Wait…you need four character references to buy a gun in New York?
Me and brother looked into just in case hitlery got elected.
The paperwork and required documentation was STAGGERING.
But I will start the process even though I gave up when I saw the demands.
…you are asked to supply 3 reference letters from people that have known you for at least 2 years.. The letter should state that you are “of good moral character.”…
That’s old. You need four and it’s five years now.
“….you are asked to supply 3 reference letters from people that have known you for at least 2 years.. The letter should state that you are “of good moral character….”
That’s a clear infringement of your 2nd Amendment rights. New Yorkers need to start pounding on their state legislators about this.
Bad gun laws have been overturned in many states, but it takes constant pressure to do so.
Dig in for the long haul. Your kids and grandkids will thank you for it.
The MUCH BETTER chance is Trump and the repubs ENFORCE an amendment!!! It’s the 2nd amendment!!
States should have VERY little say in your owning a gun.
Neither should the feds, but it’s the only way to beat the states.
Actually, she didn’t concede till almost mid-day.
That early morning hours was podesta at 3am telling everyone to go home.
(I speculate that she had gone on a drinking binge earlier, and was zonked out…and it took till midday to sober her up)
All of the progress in gun rights (and there’s been a lot) over the last quarter century, has been made at the state level. About the only help we’ve gotten from the feds, is when Congress has resisted new anti-gun legislation from the Dems.
The Judicial branch delivered on Heller vs DC, but the Executive branch hasn’t done squat to help us. Maybe that’ll change, now that we have a president who’s a gun rights advocate.
At the end of the day, though, the state legislatures are where all the action is. Mash on those critters in Albany.