President Donald Trump got his a** handed to him on Tuesday after he demanded Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) concede his Florida Senate race to Governor Rick Scott before the state mandated recount is complete.
The recount was triggered after the vote margin reached the required threshold, but Republicans have been crying foul, accusing Democrats of election fraud even though no such fraud exists.
Earlier this week, Trump demanded Scott be declared the winner based on the results on Election Night. But votes were still being counted in the close contest, and as it got closer it became clear that a recount would be needed to make sure the results are accurate.
Only then will one of the candidates concede. But Trump wants Nelson to concede now rather than wait for every vote to be counted:
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 problem is that votes are still being counted, and it’s possible Nelson could still win. Conceding now would be an insult to democracy because every vote should be counted. And there’s no reason why Nelson should concede when he still has a chance to pull ahead. Clearly, Trump is scared that that’s what the result will be, which is why he is desperate for Nelson to give up now.
Twitter users wrecked Trump’s desperate demand:
Denounce Putin, a foreign enemy, for meddling in our election? – Not once!
Denounce members of an American party for trying to get a fair election? – Every day.
— CountessofNambia (@theClaudiaInez) November 13, 2018
You sound scared.
— The People of Reason & Progress (@TheOfficialPORP) November 13, 2018
He will concede when ALL the legal votes have been counted (and recounted) and he has fewer votes than his opponent. Just like every other American election has always been run. (With the exception of the 2000 Presidential election.)
Why do you ask?
— Jordan Barab (@jbarab) November 13, 2018
The ballots they’re waiting for are from our military service members. And they’re COUNTING votes. Resign.
— Sarah Wood (@sarahwoodwriter) November 13, 2018
They’re “finding” the absentee/overseas/military ballots of people who voted for Nelson AND Scott… all across Florida. There just happens to be more people from that group who voted for Nelson than Scott.
BTW: why do you want to disenfranchise military voters?
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) November 13, 2018
Are you trying to influence this election? You DO realize that is Illegal? Don’t you think you are in enough legal problems? Lawsuits, investigations, my oh my! Not the type of person I want as my leader!! #TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw
— Peg (@PegIsRetired) November 13, 2018
When the statutorily mandated recount is completed and only if it shows that he got fewer votes. That’s how things work here in the US, Comrade.
— SIGNATURES DON’T MATCH! Michael (@mermtm) November 13, 2018
Why do you praise dictators and hate to see democracy in action?
All the votes should be counted.
When you stop hating democracy, we’ll stop comparing you to Hitler.
— JRehling (@JRehling) November 13, 2018
Hillary Clinton: 65,853,516
Donald Trump: 62,984,825
When will you concede?
— Middle Age Riot (@middleageriot) November 13, 2018
Florida might not end up being a Democratic victory like the Senate race in Arizona, but even defeated Republican candidate Martha McSally wanted to make sure all the votes were counted in that race, even refusing to go along with the GOP accusations of election stealing. It’s time for Republicans to grow up and let democracy takes its course. If Scott is still ahead after the recount is complete, Nelson will concede. Because he respects the will of the people. The same cannot be said about Rick Scott and Donald Trump.
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