One individual suggested that Trump Jr. knew exactly what he was posting and that the headline alone would be enough to incense his father’s base.
You posted because you know your followers won’t read beyond the headline. It’s a 2012 story and follow ups report on corrections. This would be laughable if it wasn’t so damn dangerous.
— amyoliverbarnes (@amyobarnes) November 13, 2018
Assuming Trump Jr. posted the six-year-old article on purpose, one can surmise that the tweet was meant to spark contention amongst the president’s core supporters now that the Florida gubernatorial race between candidates Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis has triggered a recount after the margin between them became much slimmer. Gillum had conceded to DeSantis on Election Night.
In a statement released last week, Gillum said that since his concession speech, “it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported. Our campaign, along with our attorney Barry Richard, is monitoring the situation closely and is ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount.”
“Mayor Gillum started his campaign for the people, and we are committed to ensuring every single vote in Florida is counted,” the statement continued.
The president himself weighed in on the Florida race when he railed that the Florida recount effort “is an embarrassment to our Country and to Democracy!”
Mayor Gillum conceded on Election Day and now Broward County has put him “back into play.” Bill Nelson conceded Election – now he’s back in play!? This is an embarrassment to our Country and to Democracy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018
Gillum soon fired back.
“What’s embarrassing to democracy is not counting every vote — and you, of course,” he wrote at the time.
What’s embarrassing to democracy is not counting every vote — and you, of course.
Count every vote. https://t.co/ZfrBBcymrg
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) November 9, 2018
The two men have a history of sparring publicly and, should Gillum prove victorious, it’s likelier that attacks from both the president and his son will continue.