President Donald Trump slammed the “massively infected” ballots in Florida and demanded the state call the election.
The president tweeted Monday that Republicans whose election victories are being challenged need to be called the winners, naming gubernatorial candidates Ron DeSantis and Senate candidate Rick Scott specifically.
Nearly one week after Election Day, the candidates are still in a battle for the state’s seats with Florida under fire as close races have been challenged and Gov. Rick Scott has launched multiple lawsuits against elections officials and ordered voting machines and ballots impounded.
The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged. An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2018
The president alleged in a tweet on Saturday that Democrats were “trying to steal two big elections” in Florida, referring to the close Senate race between Republican Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson as well as the governor’s race between former GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum.
Trying to STEAL two big elections in Florida! We are watching closely!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018
Trump’s criticism of the elections in Florida and Arizona triggered Joe Scarborough who ranted about the president acting like a “tyrant” on “Morning Joe” Monday.
“Donald Trump tweeting in Arizona that the signatures don’t match, electoral corruption. This is again, this is the action of a tyrant,” Scarborough said.
“I’m not saying he’s a tyrant. But this is how tyrants, this is how autocrats, this is how dictators behave,” he added. “I’m not saying Trump is that, but he is borrowing their language.”
Trump commented on the Arizona Senate race between Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Rep. Martha McSally, calling out the “electoral corruption” as officials tallied votes.
Just out — in Arizona, SIGNATURES DON’T MATCH. Electoral corruption – Call for a new Election? We must protect our Democracy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018
Outgoing Republican Se. Jeff Flake slammed Trump for questioning the vote count in his state.
There is no evidence of “electoral corruption” in Arizona, Mr. President. Thousands of dedicated Arizonans work in a non-partisan fashion every election cycle to ensure that every vote is counted. We appreciate their service. https://t.co/Xtd5Vd0gSu
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) November 10, 2018
Scarborough declared that things are “going badly” for Trump and if he still considers putting himself on the ballot in 2020, he is going to lose. MSNBC contributor and advertising executive Donny Deutsch, a guest on “Morning Joe” agreed, going off on a rant about a 2020 run for Trump.
“I think he will be disqualified before [he runs],” Deutsch said. “In the sad event he does run and he does lose – which will be a happy event – it would be stunning what we would see. He would be a president going, ‘I’m not leaving. I’m not leaving. Call the military.'”
While Florida’s Broward County and Palm Beach County have tabulated the state’s election results and attention shifts to recounts, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, a Democrat, announced that bad equipment will prevent her office from meeting a Thursday deadline.
One of Scott’s lawsuits requested law enforcement officers “impound and secure all voting machines, tallying devices and ballots when they are not in use until the conclusion of the recount.”
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