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Wisconsin Recount Nets Trump 26 Votes

Jill Stein's crusade to contest the will of voters becomes more futile on fifth day of counting

The recount forced by Green Party nominee Jill Stein in Wisconsin is going swimmingly so far — for President-Elect Donald Trump.

Trump has extended his lead over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by a total of 26 additional votes.

“This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money.”

The results for Monday — the fifth day of the Wisconsin recount — showed that Trump accrued 84 more votes than the initial election results reported. Clinton gained 58 votes. The initial count in the Badger State had Trump trouncing Clinton by 27,257 votes.

The hard, cold numbers seem to matter little to Stein.

“If you’re for democracy, end your voter-silencing campaign and join me in advocating for election integrity, @realDonaldTrump,” Stein tweeted Monday.

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But Trump does support democracy, and that includes honoring the voices of the millions of Americans who voted during the 2016 presidential election. Stein’s recount crusade seems set to continue to reap inconsequential returns.

“While @realDonaldTrump engages in a sweep-it-under-the-rug campaign, 150,000 people say they want voter justice,” Stein continued in a separate tweet.

Stein was referring to the roughly 150,000 people who pledged to financially support her recount request via her official website. Thus far in her quest, Stein has raised over $7.2 million for Wisconsin alone. The state required a fee of $3.5 million to carry out the recount.

Stein caused many an eye to roll when she announced in late November her intention to seek a recount in three key states won by Trump — Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

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When the Clinton campaign announced a few days later its decision to join in the Wisconsin recount initiative, Stein suddenly found herself buoyed upon a wave of media attention far greater than she ever received during the entirety of her presidential campaign.

“The Green Party scam to fill up their coffers by asking for impossible recounts is now being joined by the badly defeated & demoralized Dems,” Trump tweeted Nov. 26 after the Clinton camp joined in the fray.

“This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount,” Trump added in a statement.

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