Wisconsin is one of the cities where Trump’s legal team claims voter fraud took place, specifically in the Democrat stronghold of Milwaukee.
A recount in the state is now going to happen.
After bitter meeting, Wisconsin panel to order recount Trump wants in two largely Democratic counties
The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted late Wednesday, after an hours-long and often-contentious debate, to issue an order Thursday to recount ballots cast in Milwaukee and Dane counties, as requested by President Trump. His campaign paid the $3 million required for the recount and issuing the order was expected to be a pro forma move, but it instead resulted in nearly six hours of arguing.
The partisan fighting before the recount even started likely foreshadows the battle that lies ahead.
“It’s just remarkable the six of us in a civilized fashion can’t agree to this stuff,” Democratic commissioner Mark Thomsen said hours into the debate.
CBS News’ Adam Brewster said a major takeaway from the bitter meeting was that this could be an ugly recount fight with battles that end up in court. There were several times when commissioners suggested issues that they were discussing may ultimately be decided in court.
The Trump Campaign issued this statement:
TRUMP CAMPAIGN RELEASES STATEMENT ON WISCONSIN RECOUNT
Official recount procedures begin in Wisconsin today, following a petition from President Donald J. Trump’s campaign. The campaign released the following statement from Jim Troupis, Wisconsin counsel to the campaign:
“Our democracy depends on fair and impartial elections that fully adhere to the Constitution and state statute. By staging a last minute attempt to change the rules, and by providing unlawful advice before then, the Wisconsin Elections Commission has repeatedly failed to follow the law. They have disenfranchised voters and undermined the integrity of this election. We continue to be confident that when all of the legal ballots are counted and illegal ballots are not counted, President Trump will be proven the winner.”
Trump owes this fight to the people who voted for him.