MONDAY: December 5, 2016, 10 AM. Jill Stein Held a Press Conference
Outside Trump Tower as Trump tries to suppress Presidential vote counts.
Too many speakers before Stein spoke. It was a hard wait—standing-
in a crush of media- Listening to each speaker make the same points
over and over:
“People of color have been DISENFRANCHISED.” But, we came to
Finally, Stein spoke for about 7 minutes. She seems to believe this palaver.
And the media. Her support team. Gullible.
Led by a pretty face with a gentle doctor voice. Reinforcing the meme for
this recount:“People of color have been DISENFRANCHISED”. (Wow)
Excerpts: “…important that we have elections that we can trust.” A vote that is accurate. Secure. Fair and Just. Every vote counts. Every vote is counted. Democracy and the promise of justice for all. TODAY we celebrate the Michigan decision. Made last night. This recount advances our fundamental Right to Vote- – Election fairness & accuracy- the bedrock of our democracy. At the center- the question of 75,000 blank votes – under votes- a 70% increase from previous elections- communities of color – dis-enfranchised by ERRONEOUS counting of the votes – in particular in West Detroit. (she claims) this is COMMON- in communities of color…discouraging voting before hand (voter ID and cross State identity checks) AND the odds of their votes before miscounted or DIScounted is increased by ( she claims) about 900% IF you vote in a Community of Color. Need to affirm that votes in these communities are not disrespected. Tossed in, A to a dustbin…we stand firm…hand recount of the paper ballots is a gold standard. Pennsylvania – however- fighting this process at every step. Trumps demands- obscene bureaucratic obstruction. “The fix was in” against a VERIFIED VOTE in the state of Pennsylvania. asking Federal court to stand up for OUR Constitutional right to vote, embodied in this REcount effort. To insure that we cab trust. FAIR and Accurate elections. Donald Trump – there is NOTHING to be afraid o. Belief in democracy. in your victory. Put down your arms. end your bureaucratic obstruction. End intimidation. Join we the people- in a democracy that serves ALL of us. And ELECTIONS that we can trust. to insure that we can trust the results of THIS election. Make IMPROVEMENTS that we need…votes that are accurate. secure. and FAIR. Our constitutional right. “
They carried 3 signs and walked back and forth – quietly- on the sidewalk. Yet the Associated Press accused them of creating a circus-like atmosphere. Guess he didn’t like the message….(check it out in the 12 PM section at the link to the Miami Herald)
UPDATE- Part 2- Dec 5, 2016. Trump Tower.
Dr. Jill Stein held a press conference rally explaining WHY the VOTES should RECOUNTED:
“…. vowing to fight tooth and nail to verify the accuracy, security,
and fairness of the vote. call on Trump and his allies to stop putting
party politics above country, and verify the vote through common-
sense procedures demanded by voters. “We won’t stand down as
Donald Trump and his allies seek to frivolously obstruct the legal
processes set up to ensure we have a voting system we can trust and
that all votes have been counted,” said Stein. “
There were also way too many speakers that preceded her. But, since I was there-
I managed to record all but one of them and their mindless blather. I don’t think that was the case for most of the press that was impatiently waiting for Stein. As this note implies, I think they also grew weary of the passersby asking the same question over and over:
See the Video Play list of the guest speakers and Stein. I actually found them interesting- even the attorney …. who did go on and on and on….
Speaking in the videos:
Melinda Figueroa, Press Dir. Stein Campaign
Jonathan Abady, Lead Counsel Jill Stein Recount Effort and founding partner of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady
David Cobb, Campaign Manager for the Jill Stein campaign recount effort
Mark Crispin Miller, Professor at NYU, and the author of the book: Fooled Again, How the Right Stole the 2004 Elections.
From AP: :“Tensions between Stein and Clinton backers erupted Monday at her news conference outside of Trump Tower.
One Green Party speaker (Mark Crispin Miller) who preceded Stein took repeated swipes at Clinton, accusing
her of stealing the Democratic nomination from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Several Democrats in the crowd tried
to shout him down before they were heckled by other Stein supporters.”
Tara Seewact, NYU student
Susan Finn, Independent Pennsylvania voter- 43 yrs old mother of 3- who petitioned for recount
Zerlina Smith -Illinois
James Lane, GPNY State Committee Member, two time Green Party candidate (no video)
the Rev Elston McCowan, St Louis
Cheri Honkala, 2012 Green Party nominee for vice president
See Flickr slide show for more on the press conference:
Here’s the latest update on what you need to know about the various recounts:
- Wisconsin: Recount underway
- Michigan: Recount is “completely over” after court ruling
- Pennsylvania: Stein filed a lawsuit asking for a statewide recount
- Nevada: Several counties concluded their recount and didn’t show enough change to prompt a full state recount
Recount requests have now been received in all three states that Stein had listed on her fundraising website as goals —
Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Another state — Nevada — received a recount petition from Roque ‘Rocky’ De
La Fuente, who ran as part of the American Delta Party.
Two of the states in question — Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — have already begun required audits of their elections,
which is done by checking the results of a random sample of voting machines to make sure the technology actually works.
Michigan has 16 Electoral College votes, Wisconsin has 10, Pennsylvania has 20 and Nevada has six votes.
The final Electoral College count is Trump with 306 votes, Clinton with 232.
If you’re still invested in trying to stop Trump from getting to the White House in January, your efforts are best concentrated
on a different technique. Your last best hope is probably the Hamilton Electors, an organization that’s attempting to
lobby members of the Electoral College to vote against Trump and potentially send the decision to the House of Representatives.
As of right now, there are reportedly seven electors who are planning to defect from their state’s popular vote and cast their ballot
for an alternative Republican candidate.
The net change is +1,322 votes. (The candidates gained and lost votes throughout wards in Wisconsin, so the totals below represent
the amount they have gained or lost after overall losses are subtracted from overall gains.)
-6 De la Fuente/Steinberg
That means that Clinton has gained a net 49 votes over Trump, nowhere near what she would need to prevail in the state.