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Trump unleashes tweetstorm over recount, Hillary Clinton

Technically Incorrect: The president-elect is unhappy that Greens and Democrats are participating in a push for a vote recount in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


Tweetstorm in a tweetcup?

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Donald Trump has many important decisions to make.

Whom should he name secretary of state? Which Obama policies should he repeal first? How soon can he move the whole White House staff into Trump Tower?

Some issues, though, seem to perturb him unduly.

In a tweetstorm that began Saturday night and (may have) ended Sunday morning, the president-elect railed against the recount of votes in Wisconsin and other battleground states that's being organized via crowdfunding by Jill Stein of the Green Party.

What seems to disturb him most is that Hillary Clinton and the Democrats have joined the push for a vote-check.

"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 began.

I'm not sure why recounts are impossible, but there's some accuracy in the notion that the Democrats rather ignored the idea they might be defeated. Moreover, the author of "The Art of the Deal" is likely to know a scam when he sees one.

Trump followed up: "The Democrats, when they incorrectly thought they were going to win, asked that the election night tabulation be accepted. Not so anymore!"

The president-elect then went on to quote Clinton and her insistence that accepting the election outcome was vital for our way of life.

He mentioned her horror that he, Donald Trump, might not accept the outcome, should he lose.

"He said something truly horrifying ... he refused to say that he would respect the results of this election. That is a direct threat to our democracy," Trump tweeted, quoting Clinton.

Trump concluded the tweetstorm with this thought, "So much time and money will be spent -- same result! Sad."

Sadly, the Clinton campaign didn't immediately respond to my request for comment.

It's odd to think that this issue perturbs Trump so. Previous Trump tweetstorms have been directed at a former Miss Universe and at House Speaker Paul Ryan, both of whom presumably represented a threat in some way.

Nine tweets is a lifetime on Twitter.

In any case, the push for a recount isn't exactly the first time someone's expressed concern over a "rigged" election -- as Trump himself surely knows.