President Donald Trump continued his own scrutiny of Florida's election results tweeting Saturday that he is "watching" efforts to "steal" victories.
"Trying to STEAL two big elections in Florida! We are watching closely!" Trump's tweet around 2 p.m. read. That was not long after Florida's Secretary of State received results from the state's 67 elections offices, tallies that will spark recounts in the U.S. Senate, governor and Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services races.
One of the president's tweets, however, drew a rebuttal from Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor.
Gillum wrote: "What’s embarrassing to democracy is not counting every vote — and you, of course. Count every vote."
Gillum was responding to this missive from Trump: "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!"
Trump's tweet this afternoon from Paris, where he is attending celebrations marking the end of World War I, was measured compared to Friday's much more aggressive tweets, including the one that Gillum responded to.
"You mean they are just now finding votes in Florida and Georgia — but the Election was on Tuesday? Let’s blame the Russians and demand an immediate apology from President Putin!" Trump tweeted late Friday morning.
The president's criticism was not limited to internet statements. Speaking to reporters before leaving the White House earlier that day, Trump continued his broadsides at local elections officials.
"If you look at Broward County, and Palm Beach to a lesser extent, if you look at Broward County they have a had a horrible history. And if you look at the person, in this case a woman involved, she has had a horrible history. And all of a sudden they are finding votes out of nowhere. And Rick Scott, who won by, you know it was close race, but he won by a comfortable margin and now every couple of hours it goes down a little bit," Trump said, who then alluded to connections between recount efforts and the Fusion GPS dossier. "And then you see the people they were involved in that fraud of the fake dossier, the phony dossier ... There's bad things that have gone on in Broward County. Really bad things. She 's been to court, she's had a lot problems, she's lost. I say this, he easily won but every hour it seems to be going down. I think people have to look at it very cautiously."
The social media ripping and ribbing began actually began late Thursday evening — following a day of uproar over provisional and problematic ballots in both South Florida counties.
"Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach. Florida voted for Rick Scott!" Trump's first missive stated.
Six more tweets followed Friday. With recounts scheduled to begin, Trump may have plenty of Twitter fodder through the rest of the weekend.
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