Her operation has been careful to frame its participation in the recount as simply reflecting a desire to be helpful and a response to voters’ concerns.
The remnants of Hillary Clinton’s campaign roared to life on Sunday, their Twitter feeds boiling over in frustration as President-elect Donald Trump falsely claimed that “millions” of illegal immigrants had tipped the popular vote in her favor.
“Winning the electoral college won him the presidency, so Trump’s excuses on why he lost the popular vote by millions are just small and sad,” tweeted Christina Reynolds, who was the Clinton campaign’s deputy communications director, in reaction to Trump’s boast that he “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
“We are getting attacked for participating in a recount that we didn’t ask for by the man who won election but thinks there was massive fraud,” complained Marc Elias, Clinton’s campaign lawyer, who explained the decision to join the recount effort in a Medium post on Saturday.
Clinton herself has said nothing about the recounts, popping up in the media only because she posed for selfies a few times with fans who have stumbled across her in the woods and at a bookstore in Rhode Island.
Her operation — or what’s left of it — has been careful to frame its participation in the recount as simply reflecting a desire to be helpful and a response to voters’ concerns, not full-blown support of the effort led by Green Party nominee Jill Stein.
“Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides,” Elias wrote.