Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) posted a photo to his official Twitter account welcoming the group of incoming Republican senators. He’s now been criticized for including Florida Governor Rick Scott in the group: Scott’s race against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson is currently being recounted and has not been called.
A warm welcome to the incoming class of Republican Senators. pic.twitter.com/yNcqWvX0qp
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) November 14, 2018
People did not take too kindly to McConnell’s gaffe.
This is obscene. This is not done. You don't declare someone a senator when ballots are still being counted and a recount is mandated. This is disgraceful and spits on the democratic process. https://t.co/d5aB1AFG99
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) November 15, 2018
Mitch McConnell stole a Supreme Court seat & is now welcoming Rick Scott as new senator before all the votes have been counted https://t.co/3kAjec9Zrr
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) November 14, 2018
I’m going to apply for a job and just show up at the office before they hire me. Looks like it works in this shitty administration.
— Ms. Chanandler Bong 🌊 (@realchanandlerb) November 15, 2018
Future history books: ‘pictured here is a group of newly elected senators taken on November 14, 2018. Rick Scott (second from right) was not officially elected as of this date.’
If he wins or not, it should be noted this was an extraordinary F U to democracy. #CountEveryVote
— Jeff Brody (@MyLifeInBoxes) November 15, 2018
Oh look, @ScottforFlorida declared himself the winner before all the votes have been counted, and just planted himself in DC. How embarrassing will it be when Nelson wins and he has to pack it up and go back to Florida unemployed? 😂
— Kelly 🇺🇸 🇵🇷 (@PsyKellygy) November 15, 2018
Scott has recused himself from certifying the results of his Senate race, one of the most closely watched ones around the nation. As of 9:40 a.m., Scott has 4,098,046 votes, or 50.1 percent of the vote. Nelson has 4,085,532 votes, or 49.9 percent of the vote. Scott’s lead is narrow and race has not been called.
Scott spurred controversy this week after he and President Donald Trump claimed that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election. Both men have made unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.
Speaking on Fox News on Monday, Scott claimed he “won the election” and added that “no recount has ever overturned a lead like that.”
The League of Women Voters of Florida and Common Cause filed a lawsuit on Monday requesting that Scott remove himself from any official role in the electoral process. Scott’s campaign dismissed the lawsuit, noting that he also recused himself from certifying his 2014 re-election as governor.