In a rejection of the democratic process, President Donald Trump is demanding that Republicans be declared the winners in Florida elections that are so close they require recounts by state law.
Trump has been whining about the recount for days, even accusing Democrats of trying to “steal” the election.
On Monday, Trump cried election fraud and insisted that Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis be declared the victors in their Senate and gubernatorial races based on Election Day results.
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 thing is, while Scott and DeSantis were in the lead on Tuesday night when both races appeared to be Republican victories, that didn’t mean everyone stopped counting the votes. As the remaining ballots were counted, the vote margin in both races became so narrow that an automatic recount was triggered. Republicans could very well still win both races, but that doesn’t mean every vote should not be counted. And it certainly does not mean we should defy state election laws by canceling the recount. That would be a disservice to democracy, especially if it turns out that Democrats win one or both races.
Twitter users slammed Trump for having a problem with democracy.
Count the vote. Ignore this liar.
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) November 12, 2018
I can’t think of anything more fascist than demanding votes NOT be counted. Other than smearing a respected journalist and denying him access. You’re two for two this week Donnie.
— Tim Burke (@timjburke87) November 12, 2018
Clearly this lunatic has no respect for the voters of Florida, especially voters who are likely to vote for Democrats. He has No respect for the process of voting. And he clearly has no respect for the Constitution of the United States of America.
— Sarah💦 (@Sarah_SKG_1983) November 12, 2018
You do not have the right to call elections in our country.
— Lisa Grant (@studiocafebleu) November 12, 2018
Our president doesn’t even understand how elections work. We go by the laws, not what he wants. He ain’t no dictator. He needs to stop meddling and lying to the American people and stop spreading fear based bs.
— kaytee (@TeamDaniMBB14) November 12, 2018
Must go with Florida election law, which calls for automatic recounts when results are within a narrow margin!
The breadth of your ignorance, especially in the area of democratic process, continues to amaze and astound many of us.
— Russell B Martin (@MartinRussellB) November 12, 2018
Not out of NOWHERE, absentee ballots arriving through the mail. Much of which are from MILITARY PERSONNEL. You know them, right? The people you profess to love so much, yet pay zero respect to?
— Philip Basket, MD. (@UnclePhil2K) November 12, 2018
If it was true that an honest count was no longer possible (and it’s not), the only thing to do would be to hold another election. You are suggesting that the election be called based on the results you saw on TV, but that’s not how this works
— Sean Adams-Hiett (@pyrello) November 12, 2018
This is ironic from a man when he thought he was going to lose started talking about voter fraud and a recount
— William M. McNeill (@osmosiswill) November 12, 2018
If Democrats were the ones with a narrow lead, Republicans would be insisting on moving forward with a recount and would want every vote counted. But because Republicans are in the lead, they are not so interested in counting every vote and making sure the vote totals are correct.
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