Former Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who has raised more than $4.5 million to recount votes in the presidential election, said Friday on CNN’s “New Day” that it was a “hack-riddled election.”
“Do you think this election was stolen?” CNN’s host John Berman asked Stein point-blank.
[dcquiz] “Um, we don’t know,” Stein replied. “And I think the forensic computer experts have raised serious questions. What we do know is that this was a hack-riddled election. We saw hacks into voter databases, into party databases, into individual email accounts.”
“We know that there were attempts made broadly on state voter databases, and we know that we have an election system that relies on computerized electronic equipment which is wide open to hacks, which has very primitive security from, in many cases, a decade or more ago, and staff that’s really not trained in security.”
Stein was presumably referring to a New York magazine report that cited an attorney and a cybersecurity expert who believe someone may have manipulated the results in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
“So it’s extremely vulnerable,” she continued. “Americans deserve to have confidence in our vote.”
Berman followed up by asking if she has evidence that a hack took place.
“No,” she replied. “We do not have a smoking gun.”
But, she said, “unless we look at the votes, we wouldn’t see evidence of hacking. Hacking is subtle.”
Incidentally, Stein has now raised more money for a recount ($4.7 million) than her campaign raised during the entire 2016 election cycle ($3.5 million), according to the Center for Responsive Politics.