When a federal judge rejected former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s recount request for the state of Pennsylvania, he did it in style. Not only did he turn down the request, he also made sure everyone knew how he felt about her ridiculous gambit and the bizarre claims she had made.
According to The Associated Press, the judge slammed Stein’s “unexplained, highly prejudicial” wait between the election results and when she filed her suit, and said that her claim that the election was possibly hacked by the Russians “borders on the irrational.”
Writing in a 31-page decision released Monday, U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond said that at least six grounds required him to turn down Stein’s lawsuit. Since Stein’s campaign to raise money for a recount had begun after the deadline for a recount in Pennsylvania had effectively ended, Stein filed a lawsuit contending that the barriers to a recount were unconstitutional.
“Most importantly, there is no credible evidence that any ‘hack’ occurred, and compelling evidence that Pennsylvania’s voting system was not in any way compromised,” Judge Diamond wrote in his ruling. He also said that there was a lack of federal jurisdiction and that a recount could mean that Pennsylvania might miss the Tuesday deadline to certify the vote for the Electoral College, meaning that it could “ensure that that no Pennsylvania vote counts.”
Fox News reported that this essentially ended Jill Stein’s three-state recount challenge. In Michigan, a federal judge halted the recount effort, meaning that the Great Lakes State will go Republican for the first time since 1988. In Wisconsin, meanwhile, a total of 95 percent of the votes have been counted, with Hillary Clinton gaining 25. Unfortunately, she’s down by roughly 22,000, meaning that she has roughly 22,000 votes to make up in that last 5 percent.
It isn’t as if the Pennsylvania lawsuit had any chance of yielding any fruit even if the recount had taken place, anyhow. Clinton trailed Trump by 44,000 out of 6 million votes in the Keystone State — close, but not close enough that a recount would have done anything useful. However, it is good that this preposterous, evidence-free attempt to litigate the election has finally been put to bed.
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