Shortly after polls closed on Election Day, it looked like Florida Republican candidates Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis had easily won their respective races for Senate and governor. But in the days following the election, tens of thousands of ballots were “found” in two predominately Democratic counties — who’d conveniently missed deadlines and failed to make timely reports — resulting in tighter margins that triggered automatic recounts.
No doubt with the shady goings-on in Florida’s Broward and Palm Beach Counties in mind, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday — nearly a week after the election — to demand an end to the recount insanity and for officials to declare the rightful winners of the races.
Just call the elections already
“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,” Trump tweeted on Monday.
He went on: “An honest vote count is no longer possible — ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!”
The president was referring to the discovery of boxes of provisional ballots that had been found in schools and in the trunks of cars.
He also referred to reports that blank ballots were being filled in by election officials and reports that rejected provisional ballots had been deliberately intermingled with accepted ballots, rendering entire batches of votes suspect.
Calling out Nelson
On Tuesday, Trump took on the recount madness in Florida once more, this time urging incumbent Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson to concede the race.
Trump argued that it is unlikely that the shady “characters” running things in Broward and Palm Beach counties will be able to “find” enough additional ballots to sway the election in Nelson’s favor, as the entire nation is watching too closely now.
When will Bill Nelson concede in Florida? The characters running Broward and Palm Beach voting will not be able to “find” enough votes, too much spotlight on them now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2018
The recount in Florida is supposed to be concluded by Thursday afternoon, but given how election officials in Broward and Palm Beach counties have essentially ignored previous deadlines mandated by state election laws, it is entirely unclear if they will do so.
It also is not clear if the once-comfortable margins of victory for Scott and DeSantis will hold up following a recount that apparently will include ineligible, illegal, and rejected ballots that skewed the results toward Democrats.
Trump’s demand that the shenanigans be halted and the races be called for the apparent winners prior to the addition of shady extra ballots was right on target.