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In an interview with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein tried her best to explain why she and her party, along with the Clinton campaign, are wasting everyone’s time with their pointless recount efforts.
In a great, challenging interview, particularly by MSNBC’s standards, Melvin hammered Stein on several aspects of her claims, one of which is the oft-repeated criticism from the left that Hillary Clinton might have won the election were it not for her candidacy.
Stein’s verbal gymnastics on this issue were stunning to watch.
“We should also note this: The margin in Wisconsin between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is about 22,000 voted. You received 31,000 votes in that state. What do you think the outcome might have been had you decided not to run?” Melvin asked Stein.
“Well, the numbers show that if I weren’t running,” Stein responded, “or if I would have dropped out, most of Green voters would not have voted, and of the remainder, a substantial portion, more than one-third, would have voted for Donald Trump. So, unfortunately, the numbers are very clear that absent my campaign, the results would have been absolutely no different. It would not have changed the outcome in any state.”
“We are not the spoilers. In fact, we are leading the effort to make sure we did not have a spoiled election, that there was not tampering.”
Yes, keep telling yourself that, Jill. You might even convince yourself, even if nobody else buys it.
Melvin even asked about the almost $7 million raised in the efforts. “What’s in this for you personally? How much of this has been driven by ego?”
To which Stein insisted she is “practicing political medicine because it’s the mother of all illnesses,” or something…
Watch the interview below. It’s great, but the only thing that would have made it perfect would have been if Melvin had asked Stein why not do recounts in states Trump lost by closer margins, like New Hampshire. After all, isn’t Stein’s sole motive supposed to be about election integrity?
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