President-elect Donald Trump has slammed the push for election recounts across three states as a “scam”.
The property tycoon and former reality star says growing demands for recounts in three states which were key to his surprise victory against Democrat Hillary Clinton are unfair and unfounded.
Demands are being pushed forward by the Green Party, but Mr Trump, who is set to officially take the keys to the White House in January, says the recounts would be nothing more than a “scam”.
In a tweet, Mr Trump said: “The Green Party scam to fill up their coffers by asking for impossible recounts is now being joined by the badly defeated & demoralized Dems.”
So far, Mr Trump has remained quiet about the campaign from Green Party nominee Jill Stein, who wants votes to be counted again in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Mr Trump won all three states by very narrow margins. Wisconsin has already announced that it will be going ahead with the first presidential recount in its history and Ms Stein wants the other two states to follow suit.
However, Mr Trump said that those asking for recounts were simply sore losers who needed to accept the result of democracy. He said: “The people have spoken and the election is over.” He added: “We must accept this result and then look to the future.”
Before his victory, which shocked pollsters who had predicted the result would go the other way, Mr Trump had himself questioned the integrity of the US election system. However, he added: “The results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing.”
He went on to tweet: “The Democrats, when they incorrectly thought they were going to win, asked that the election night tabulation be accepted. Not so anymore!”