President Donald Trump on Monday demanded Florida stop its recount after last week’s close gubernatorial and Senate races.
Trump, without evidence, tweeted that “large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere” and that “many ballots are missing or forged.” He insisted that the Republican candidates he endorsed – Rick Scott for Senate and Ron DeSantis for governor – immediately be declared the winners.
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
Democrat Andrew Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor vying to be Florida’s first black governor, responded to Trump.
“You sound nervous,” Gillum tweeted to the president.
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) November 12, 2018
People were here for it.
Man, you really know how to clap back. We love it! #BringItHome
— JaelY007 (@Y007Jael) November 12, 2018
Mr. Gillum, thanks for having the cojones to stand up for what is right.
— Fiona Adorno (@FionaAdorno) November 12, 2018
Mr. Gillum, I’m heartened everyday by your exceptional character. You’ve been a class act during your campaign and especially during the wait for final results. I wish all those involved followed your example. Your parents & grandparents would be so proud! Great example for kids!
— ChrisVC (@Chris_V_C_M) November 12, 2018
Of course, Trump is nervous.
Cheaters are always nervous. Karma will catch up to him. I guarantee it…
— S. Hattar-all things political (@shattar0429) November 12, 2018
He is nervous. So are Scott, Rubio and DeSantis. I want every vote counted even if this costs our side the election.
— Sean Flanagan (@seanflanagan43) November 12, 2018
Ha, he is nervous! He can’t stand democracy. You know if the tables were turned he would want every voted counted. #CountEveryVote
— Brenda 🇺🇸 (@resistPOTUSnow) November 12, 2018
He should be.
I have always found most habitual liars tend to project their misdeeds upon others. Kind of like a red herring
I wonder how much tampering he's personally overseen (Drumpf)
It's scary how brazen he is
— Mobius (@Mobius___Strip) November 12, 2018
I really don’t know why Donny is so worked up about the recount. A recount doesn’t go in favour of any political party it just makes sure every American has their votes counted. This is a democracy
— Wesley Chambers🇯🇲 (@wes_chambers23) November 12, 2018
— TinkerBitch 🌊☕️🐕🏝🍷☘️😎🌈🎣 (@TinkerBitch68) November 12, 2018
We don't "call elections" we count votes. Crazy I know.
— Paleoprof (@Paleoprof) November 12, 2018
As of Tuesday night, it did not appear Gillum would be able to overtake his vote deficit, and so conceded the race to DeSantis.
Now, he has a different message to his supporters: