Speaking rationally, which is hard to come by lately, and taking the high road — equally infrequent — you’d think that a U.S. president-elect would calmly say of a proposed recount: “Have at it.” He or she would want whatever is best for the country and certainly having an election hacked, possibly by a foreign country, is far from that. Given, too, that experts tell us the likelihood of an upset is remote, a confident president elect, soon to be a world leader, should remain confident. After all, what type of leader distractedly bats at every fly that enters the room?
Not only are the tweets of Donald Trump unnecessarily defensive, they have crossed over to the ludicrous. He now claims that he would win the popular vote if millions of illegal votes were to be excluded. Essentially, he is suggesting fraud in a system Jill Stein is leading an effort to examine for that very thing — in this case perpetrated by hackers.
So, indeed the “gentleman” doth protest too much. He has no sense of gracious winning. The tweets and comments of his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, stoop to a similar defensiveness. She’s quick to use “poor losers” and other kindergarten terms to describe those who even question Trump’s win.
Of course, none of this is a surprise given the extraordinary amount of lies and insults used to put Donald Trump in the White House. He has won and, assuming that win is fair and square, he should now get on with planning for his future presidency. It is beneath the position of president-elect to berate those who simply seek to know whether the votes many Americans cast in at least three states were really their votes.