As the Hillary Clinton campaign announced it would back an electoral recount in Wisconsin launched by the Green Party, Sen. Bernie Sanders insisted those backing a recount "have the right" while President-elect Donald Trump went on a tweetstorm using Clinton's own words on Sunday.
Trump drew criticism on the campaign trail for saying he would accept the election results "if I win." When asked if would accept results, he replied, "I will keep you in suspense."
WATCH | Here's what Sanders told CNN during an interview on Sunday morning. He said while the recount was legal, he did not expect it to change the election results, despite news that Clinton's lead in the popular vote now exceeds 2 million. He also supported changing the electoral college.
Hillary Clinton conceded the election when she called me just prior to the victory speech and after the results were in. Nothing will change— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
Here's Trump's long tweetstorm on the topic of recounts. (There's a prelude here.)
Hillary's debate answer on delay: "That is horrifying. That is not the way our democracy works. Been around for 240 years. We've had free --— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
and fair elections. We've accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them, and that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a -— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
during a general election. I, for one, am appalled that somebody that is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that kind --— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
of position." Then, separately she stated, "He said something truly horrifying ... he refused to say that he would respect the results of --— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
this election. That is a direct threat to our democracy." She then said, "We have to accept the results and look to the future, Donald --— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
Trump is going to be our President. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead." So much time and money will be spent - same result! Sad— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
Even Jill Stein questioned Clinton's motives.
Donald Trump refused to say that he’d respect the results of this election. By doing that, he’s threatening our democracy.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 21, 2016
She had been a vocal critic of Trump suggesting he may not accept the election.
The states involved
The recount focuses on Wisconsin, a tightly contested state. The combined margin of victory for Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, all of which Trump won, was roughly 107,000 votes, according to Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias.
Elias said the campaign had not seen any evidence of tampering with the results, but Clinton officials had investigated that possibility since Election Day.