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Trump knocks ‘defeated’ Dems supporting recount

President-elect Donald Trump took his criticism of recount efforts in several states a step further on Saturday evening, slamming Democrats who are backing the push.

{mosads}“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.

“The Democrats, when they incorrectly thought they were going to win, asked that the election night tabulation be accepted. Not so anymore!” he tweeted a few hours later.

Trump’s tweets targeting Democrats came hours after the campaign of his former Democratic rival Hilary Clinton announced it would participate in the recount effort led by Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

And while top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway had called Clinton’s campaign and others pushing for a recount “a pack of sore losers,” the president-elect himself didn’t directly swipe at his former Democratic rival.

Trump released a statement earlier in the day Saturday focusing on the Green Party in calling the recall effort a “scam.” While he mentioned Clinton’s concession, he didn’t go after her campaign’s support for the recount.

“This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing,” Trump said.

Stein has fundraised for a recount in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, three traditionally blue states that went for Trump this year. Stein filed for a recount in Wisconsin on Friday afternoon, and Clinton’s campaign indicated it would take part in the other battleground states if recounts are mounted there.

Clinton campaign counsel Marc Elias wrote that while no evidence of manipulated results has emerged, “now that a recount is underway, we believe we have an obligation to the more than 64 million Americans who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton to participate in ongoing proceedings to ensure that an accurate vote count will be reported.”

–This report was updated on Nov. 27 at 6:48 a.m.

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