The presidential nominee for the Green Party, Jill Stein, is stepping up to the plate not only for Democrats but for everyone who feels that this president doesn’t represent them. Although Stein ran against Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton, she is devastated by the outcome of the election like hundreds of millions other Americans. To fight back, the former third-party leader has spearheaded recount efforts that call Trump’s presidency into question.
After launching a full-blown recount effort in Wisconsin, Stein is taking on Pennsylvania. The Clinton campaign has latched on to the demand for a recount, agreeing to follow Stein’s lead and participate in making sure all votes were tallied correctly. It was down to the wire, but Stein made Wisconsin’s 5pm Friday deadline to submit a call for a recount. She has now moved on to Pennsylvania. Their next target? Michigan.
David Cobb, Stein’s campaign manager, discussed their Trump takedown in a statement, saying, “The Stein recount effort is mobilizing concerned voters across Pennsylvania to request recounts in their precincts. Additionally, the campaign filed a legal petition in state court today on behalf of 100 Pennsylvania voters to protect their right to substantively contest the election in Pennsylvania beyond the recounts being filed by voters at the precinct level. This petition will allow the campaign to pursue a full statewide recount in Pennsylvania if precinct-level recounts uncover any irregularities or tampering.”
As of now, Trump’s leading margins are incredibly low, though much of this win was no doubt due to voter suppression and blatant intimidation tactics. The numbers indicate a slight margin of difference—unfortunately, with Trump ahead by approximately 22,000 in Wisconsin and a little over 70,000 in Pennsylvania.
However, we must remain hopeful. Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2 million. If Stein can find a loophole or discover widespread evidence of voter fraud – like the stuffed Trump ballots in Wisconsin – the hope of reversed electoral votes could mean the difference between the least qualified, most volatile president-elect in the history of the job, and not only the most qualified candidate taking her stand but also the people’s choice.
As democrats, we cannot allow Trump’s appointment as president break us. We have to fight back and do everything we can to reclaim what is rightfully ours. The first step is this recount; we commend Jill Stein for showing that we are not taking these results at face value. What happened on Election Day was wrong, and we are not ready to quietly accept Trump when the democratic candidate won–but due to a major flaw in our process, was not granted the presidency.
Christine is an avid supporter of progressive politics. She is currently getting her Masters degree after concentrating in Gender Studies as an undergrad.