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Celebrities Use Social Media for Recount Demand

Celebrities Use Social Media for Recount Demand

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James Hirsen By Monday, 28 November 2016 10:19 AM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Some big-name Hollywood celebrities along with political pouters of all persuasions recently joined forces with 2016’s Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in hopes of pulling off an election redo.

Although President-elect Donald Trump won a decisive victory in the 2016 presidential election, many of Hillary’s supporters and those in her Hollywood fan base are stubbornly refusing to accept the election results.

However, prior to the election Trump was actually derided by his opponent as well as those on the left who thought he might be the one to contest the election results or fail to come to terms with what was believed by the mainstream media and a majority of the Democrats to be an inevitable Hillary win.

Now some celebrities are attempting to use social media accounts to try and persuade fans and followers alike to sign petitions, make telephone calls, and donate cash — all in an effort to support a recount in the battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Hillary’s presidential campaign has officially notified the press that it will be an active participant in the effort to initiate recounts, partnering with Stein, who has raised millions of dollars to engage in the historically unprecedented attempt to undermine the post-election transition of power.

Despite the fact that there is no evidence that any voting machines were tampered with or ballots altered, a group of so-called expert computer science professors and lawyers, bolstered by the mainstream press, have spurred on some high-profile backers of what is known as the "audit the vote" movement.

Hollywood notables who have jumped on the bandwagon include "Avengers" director Joss Whedon, filmmaker Michael Moore, former TV host Rosie O’Donnell, and actors Mark Ruffalo, Amber Tamblyn, Debra Messing, George Takei, and Laverne Cox.

Whedon has been a political partisan throughout the entire presidential campaign season. With $1 million in seed money, he founded a pro-Clinton super PAC called “Save The Day” to produce celebrity public service announcements for Hillary’s benefit.

His most recent posts have made it clear that he intends to try and "correct" the decision that voters in America made.

"This is simple: Trump cannot cannot be allowed a term in office. It’s not about 2018. It’s about right now," Whedon tweeted.

He is also urging his followers to act by declaring that the real winner of the election was Hillary.

"Demand an audit. Make the call," Whedon posted, along with a photograph of Hillary inscribed with the message "She Won."

Fellow filmmaker Moore, tweeted, "Yes. Absolutely. Stop the Kumbaya. Fight. Resist. Recount."

Ex "View" co-host O'Donnell, via her twitter account, said, "jill stein saves america . . . ,"and also had a link to an article about the Stein initiated recounts.

Ruffalo, who portrays the Hulk on screen, told his Twitter followers the following: “Breaking : Vote Tampering in Wisconsin. Clinton Must Ask for Full Recount. Uh oh.”

In an effort to engage her followers, Tamblyn posted an essay on Instagram that included the prodding words, "Enough experts have weighed in now; and so I encourage you to ask for an audit of votes . . . "

Messing tweeted, "I just donated to #Recount2016 and to help ensure election integrity," and included the web address of the Stein recount fundraising page.

Takei of "Star Trek" fame, via his Twitter account, said, "Jill Stein is raising funds for a recount to address abnormal voting results in three swing states." The actor also posted a link to Stein’s fundraising page.

Cox posted, “Demand a Recount in Wis., Mich., Pa., Ariz., N.C., and Fla.” and also supplied a MoveOn.org petition web address.

The Clinton campaign looks to be an active participant in seeking recounts in three particular states, none of which incidentally had a margin anywhere near as close as Florida in the 2000 election.

The Internet is replete with posts suggesting that Stein did not initiate the recount effort on her own. During the lead-up to Election Day, she vigorously campaigned against Hillary, voicing harsh criticism about the Democratic candidate.

It seems rather odd now that Stein would be engaged in activities that theoretically will only benefit her former rival.

In the final tally, it turned out that Stein had drawn only 1 percent of the vote nationally. Yet by using the recount attempts, she somehow has managed in a relatively brief period of time to raise far more money than the total amount her supporters contributed during the entire election season.

Stein’s fundraising effort for the recounts has hauled in an amount that is in excess of $6 million, which is well on the road to doubling the approximate $3.5 million that she raised during the duration of her campaign.

Prior to the publication of stories about the so-called experts demanding recounts, reports surfaced that Clinton campaign manager John Podesta was meeting with "a group of prominent computer scientists and election lawyers," who were claiming that there were “irregularities” in the election results.

A presidential transition period is a crucial time for our nation. A degree of vulnerability exists when power is transferred from one administration to another.

On Nov. 9, a mere hours after the election, Hillary conceded to Trump in a telephone conversation that took place. Now, after a waiting period of weeks, the announcement has been made that her campaign is participating in challenging the election results.

Hillary repeatedly characterized the failure of a presidential candidate to accept the results of a presidential election as "horrifying."

She got that one right.

James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood. Read more reports from James Hirsen — Click Here Now.





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Prior to the election Trump was derided by the left who thought he might be the one to contest results. Now, some celebrities are attempting to use social media to persuade fans to sign petitions, make telephone calls, and donate cash — in an effort to support a recount in battleground states.
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Monday, 28 November 2016 10:19 AM
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