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Donald Trump: Kellyanne Conway calls him gracious for not prosecuting Hillary Clinton

Trump’s campaign manager also criticized Clinton for supporting recounts

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In a recent interview with CNN, Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump‘s campaign manager throughout the election, called the President-Elect “gracious and magnanimous” for deciding not to prosecute Hillary Clinton

“Lock her up” became a rallying chant among Trump supporters throughout his presidential run. After winning the election, he changed his tune, telling The New York Times he would not follow through at this time with appointing his own prosecutor to investigate Clinton over her use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State. “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t. She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways,” he said.

Conway addressed his decision as a guest on CNN, while also criticizing Clinton for supporting Jill Stein’s election recount efforts. “He’s been incredibly gracious and magnanimous to Secretary Clinton at a time when, for whatever reason, her folks are saying they will join in a recount to try to somehow undo the 70-plus electoral votes that he beat her by,” she said.

Noting Clinton’s concession speech, Conway said, “I was asked this on CNN and elsewhere, goodness, a thousand times: ‘Will Donald Trump accept the election results?’ And now you’ve got the democrats and Jill Stein saying they do not accept the election results?” 

See her full response on CNN below.

 

Stein, a third-party candidate, raised more than $5 million to fund recount petitions in Wyoming, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Clinton’s team released a statement on Saturday, saying they’d participate in the Wyoming recount and any subsequent recounts — though Stein herself slammed Clinton for being “on-again, off-again about democracy.” 

 

 

Trump called the recount efforts a “scam” over social media, while a lengthier statement from him read, “This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount.”