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Donald Trump's transition spokesman Jason Miller deflected questions on Monday about the President-elect's false claims that "millions" of undocumented voters cost him the popular vote, TPM's Esme Cribb reported. Instead he criticized the recount effort that Jill Stein is pushing in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. "I really do think that it's been ridiculous that so much oxygen has been given to the recount effort where there's absolutely no chance of any election results changing," Miller said on a call with reporters. "This election has been decided."
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Josh Marshall: "Mitt is the widely respected elite who looked at Trump, regarded him as trash and told him so. For all the difference, for all the non-New York-ness of Mitt, it's the kind of rejection and insult that we can see as formative and driving influence on Trump's life. Mitt is the real thing. Many of us see him as a touch dorky or square. But Mitt is widely respected even among political opponents. He has political pedigree, great success in business. I think there's part of Trump—a big part—that, as much as he'd like to humiliate Romney, would really like him to join him, join his team, accept him."
"I think there will be pitchforks and torches in the streets."
- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that with Republicans set to control the executive and legislative branches, lawmakers must "deliver."
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From a TPM Prime member: "Each and every appointment to Trump’s administration is a potential disaster in waiting. I know that, but DeVoss and the school voucher privatization of our education system could change the future culture of our nation and truly roll the clock back 150 years. Keep in mind, these people are fighting a culture war for God. They’re serious, and playing for keeps."
Related: Trump's pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services supports House Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-WI) proposal to privatize Medicare.
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