On Monday, President Trump tweeted that the votes found after the elections involving Governor Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis have been tampered with. The votes that Governor Scott had received fell below the threshold of 0.5% triggering the necessity for a recount, in accordance to Florida State law.
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 President claimed that “many ballots are missing or forged”. A claim with no real evidence, Trump hopes to put Republican candidates into office outright without a proper ballot recount. These unsubstantiated claims are receiving criticism from Congressmen such as Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders, who tweeted that Rick Scott is only concerned about voter fraud because his lead was in danger.
This is not the first time that the President has claimed election tampering. On the 9th, he introduced the idea of a new election in Arizona due to the fact that signatures on ballots didn’t match. Now with two crucial legislative positions are in question, the President is doubling down on his challenge to the vote count.
In the months leading up to the Midterm Elections, President Trump has stressed the importance of combating voter fraud and has stated the necessity for voter ID laws. With the recent results of the Florida elections, the President, perhaps out of frustration, feels even stronger with this position, claiming the election results must have been tampered rather than a change in voter opinion. For now, we will have to wait for the recount deadline of November 15th for the final results.