Trump blasts Florida Democratic officials who are ‘finding votes out of nowhere’

President Donald Trump lashed out at a Democratic Florida election official on Friday, suggesting that ‘dishonesty’ could play a role in changing the result of the state’s U.S Senate election, which Republican Gov. Rick Scott won by a narrow margin.

Trump tweeted on his way to France about that race and one in neighboring Georgia, snarking about Democrats’ efforts to change unfavorable results.

‘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!’ he wrote. 

The president said at the White House of south Florida’s Broward County that ‘they have had a horrible history.’ Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has a checkered past there, including a judge’s finding that she illegally destroyed ballots in a previous election.

Snipes, he said, ‘has been to court’ and ‘she lost.’ 

The margin between Scott and incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson has been narrowing in the past 72 hours as additional ballots have been located in Broward and elsewhere. The race now stands close enough to trigger an automatic hand-recount statewide.

President Donald Trump signaled that the federal government might have to exercise oversight in Florida over Democratic election officials whose work has resulted in the narrowing of a U.S. Senate race in favor of the Democratic incumbent

President Donald Trump signaled that the federal government might have to exercise oversight in Florida over Democratic election officials whose work has resulted in the narrowing of a U.S. Senate race in favor of the Democratic incumbent

President Donald Trump signaled that the federal government might have to exercise oversight in Florida over Democratic election officials whose work has resulted in the narrowing of a U.S. Senate race in favor of the Democratic incumbent

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has had a history of questionable results including one case where a judge ruled that she illegally destroyed ballots; Trump blasted her without naming her on Friday 

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has had a history of questionable results including one case where a judge ruled that she illegally destroyed ballots; Trump blasted her without naming her on Friday 

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has had a history of questionable results including one case where a judge ruled that she illegally destroyed ballots; Trump blasted her without naming her on Friday 

STUFFED? A teacher in Broward County found a container labeled 'Provisional Ballot Box' in a storage area of her elementary school on Thursday

STUFFED? A teacher in Broward County found a container labeled 'Provisional Ballot Box' in a storage area of her elementary school on Thursday

STUFFED? A teacher in Broward County found a container labeled ‘Provisional Ballot Box’ in a storage area of her elementary school on Thursday

‘She has had a horrible history,’ Trump said of Snipes. ‘And all of a sudden they’re finding votes out of nowhere! And Rick Scott, who won by – you know, it was close but he won by a comfortable margin – every couple of hours it goes down a little bit.’  

‘All of a sudden they’re finding votes?’ he said later. ‘You mean, after the election, they’re finding votes?’ 

Trump tweeted as Air Force One left for Paris that Georgia gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams should give up her quest to force a runoff with Brian Kemp, who defeated her on Tuesday in Georgia.

‘@BrianKempGA ran a great race in Georgia – he won. It is time to move on!’ he wrote.

If Kemp’s final total is 50 per cent or less of all the votes cast, he will have to battle Abrams again on December 4.

The president complained at the White House about Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign lawyer Marc Elias, who is supervising Nelson’s push for a recount.

‘As soon as Democrats sent their best Election stealing lawyer, Marc Elias, to Broward County they miraculously started finding Democrat votes,’ he tweeted. ‘Don’t worry, Florida – I am sending much better lawyers to expose the FRAUD!’

‘Rick Scott was up by 50,000+ votes on Election Day,’ Trump wrote later, but ‘now they “found” many votes and he is only up 15,000 votes. “The Broward Effect.” How come they never find Republican votes?’ 

Elias also was the middle-man that year when the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee sent millions of dollars to political research firm Fusion GPS, a transaction that launched a so-called ‘dirty dossier’ on Trump that alleged he cavorted with prostitutes in Moscow.

The president tweeted as he left Friday for Paris, mocking Democrats for 'finding votes' and telling a Georgia Democrat to 'move on' from her defeat

The president tweeted as he left Friday for Paris, mocking Democrats for 'finding votes' and telling a Georgia Democrat to 'move on' from her defeat

The president tweeted as he left Friday for Paris, mocking Democrats for ‘finding votes’ and telling a Georgia Democrat to ‘move on’ from her defeat

The president cited 'dishonesty' in Broward County and encourage reporters to dig into Snipes' past

The president cited 'dishonesty' in Broward County and encourage reporters to dig into Snipes' past

The president cited ‘dishonesty’ in Broward County and encourage reporters to dig into Snipes’ past

Florida's Republican governor, Rick Scott appeared to win his U.S. Senate election on Tuesda but officials have located a stream of additional ballots that continues to narrow his marring of victory to the point where a hand recount will be ordered

Florida's Republican governor, Rick Scott appeared to win his U.S. Senate election on Tuesda but officials have located a stream of additional ballots that continues to narrow his marring of victory to the point where a hand recount will be ordered

Florida’s Republican governor, Rick Scott appeared to win his U.S. Senate election on Tuesda but officials have located a stream of additional ballots that continues to narrow his marring of victory to the point where a hand recount will be ordered

‘They were involved with that fraud of the fake dossier, the phony dossier,’ Trump said of Elias, without naming him directly. ‘And I guess I hear they were somehow involved, or work, with the GPS Fusion [sic] people.’

‘You look at the dishonesty!’ Trupm vented. ‘Look, look, there’s bad things that have gone on in Broward County, really bad things.’ 

Scott unleashed lawsuits against Broward and Palm Beach Counties on Thursday, accusing Democrats of trying to steal the election.

Both the Senate seat Scott thought was his on Tuesday night, and the governor’s contest that looked all but won by Republican Ron DeSantis, are within the margin for recounts. 

‘The people of Florida deserve fairness and transparency, and the supervisors are failing to give it to us,’ Scott claimed.

The lawsuit was filed about the same time Scott, as governor, ordered state law enforcement officials to investigate the Broward and Palm Beach voting operations.

A spokesperson for Nelson bristled at Scott’s legal maneuvering, telling CNN: ‘The goal here is to see that all the votes in Florida are counted and counted accurately. Rick Scott’s action appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation.’

Elias’s role in the Florida recounts will continue to be a sore spot for Republicans.

Nelson's lawyer organizing his effort to tilt as many votes in his favor as possible is Marc Elias, the top attorney for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign who funneled the money that created the anti-Trump 'dirty dossier'

Nelson's lawyer organizing his effort to tilt as many votes in his favor as possible is Marc Elias, the top attorney for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign who funneled the money that created the anti-Trump 'dirty dossier'

Nelson’s lawyer organizing his effort to tilt as many votes in his favor as possible is Marc Elias, the top attorney for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign who funneled the money that created the anti-Trump ‘dirty dossier’

Senator-Elect Rick Scott sued Broward and Palm Beach County election officials Thursday night alleging there could be 'rampant fraud' in the counties' ballot-counting process

Senator-Elect Rick Scott sued Broward and Palm Beach County election officials Thursday night alleging there could be 'rampant fraud' in the counties' ballot-counting process

Senator-Elect Rick Scott sued Broward and Palm Beach County election officials Thursday night alleging there could be ‘rampant fraud’ in the counties’ ballot-counting process

‘Folks involved in funding this lied about it, and with sanctimony, for a year,’ Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted after The Washington Post linked the dossier to Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie.

Kennth Vogel, another Times journalist, tweeted: ‘When I tried to report this story, Clinton campaign lawyer @marceelias pushed back vigorously, saying “You (or your sources) are wrong”.’

The deal was born in the spring of 2016, when Elias was approached by Fusion GPS, and lasted until just before Election Day that year. When Fusion approached Elias, it had already been doing anti_Trump research work for the conservative Washington Free Beacon during the Republican primary season.

But the dossier itself was funded entirely by Democrats, using Elias as a middle-man.

After the DNC and the Clinton campaign started paying, Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele to do the dirt-digging. 

His work later resulted in the dossier, which made unsubstantiated claims that Trump patronized prostitutes while visiting Moscow, and that he paid them to urinate on each other while cavorting on a bed that Barack and Michelle Obama had slept in during their pown previous trip to Russia’s capital city.

Trump has called the material ‘phony stuff,’ and the White House has complained that the dossier’s other unconfirmed allegations were part of the Obama-era Justice Department’s justifications fo spying on Carter Page, one of his campaign advisers.

Elias also led the five-month recount process that resulted in the 2008 election of former Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who won that contest by just 312 votes.

It was later determined that officials counted the votes of at least 341 convicted felons in the state’s largest county. Another 52 voters cast ballots illegally in a second county.

Franken resigned in disgrace last year following the publication of a photo showing him groping an actress while she slept on the way home from performing in a USO tour.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweeted a photo of boxes that reportedly contained uncounted ballots in Broward, almost 48 hours since the polls had closed

Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweeted a photo of boxes that reportedly contained uncounted ballots in Broward, almost 48 hours since the polls had closed

Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweeted a photo of boxes that reportedly contained uncounted ballots in Broward, almost 48 hours since the polls had closed

Scott’s emergency complaints accuse Snipes and Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher of being ‘unwilling to disclose records revealing how many electors voted, how many ballots have been canvassed, and how many ballots remain to be canvassed.’

The complaints say the counties’ handling of ballots ‘raises substantial concerns about the validity of the election process.’

‘Late Tuesday night, our win was projected to be around 57,000 votes,’ Scott told reporters during his press conference Thursday. 

‘By Wednesday morning, that lead dropped to 38,000. By Wednesday evening, it was around 30,000. This morning, it was around 21,000. Now, it is 15,000.’

He continued: ‘On election night, Broward County said there were 634,000 votes cast. At 1am today, there were 695,700 ballots cast on election day. At 2.30pm today, the number was up to 707,223 ballots cast on Election Day. And we just learned, that the number has increased to 712,840 ballots cast on election day. In Palm Beach County, there are 15,000 new votes found since election night.

Trump tweeted Friday that Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia, should 'move on' and concede defeat instead of pressing for a runoff

Trump tweeted Friday that Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia, should 'move on' and concede defeat instead of pressing for a runoff

Trump tweeted Friday that Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia, should ‘move on’ and concede defeat instead of pressing for a runoff

‘So, it has been over 48 hours since the polls closed and Broward and Palm Beach Counties are still finding and counting ballots – and the Supervisors – Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher – cannot seem to say how many ballots still exist or where these ballots came from, or where they have been,’ Scott said. 

During the press conference, Scott declared there could be ‘rampant fraud’ in the counties ballot-counting process.

President Trump, following the Scott’s press conference tweeted ‘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!’

Senator Nelson’s re-election bid now trails Scott’s by just 17,000 votes, within the .25 per cent margin required for a hand recount.

Nelson’s campaign aides believe he will emerge victorious once all the ballots are counted.

Meanwhile, a teacher in a Broward County school found a container labeled ‘Provisional Ballot Box’ in a storage area of her elementary school on Thursday.

Lakeisha Williams, of Broward County, said she found the box Thursday at Miramar Elementary School. 

It was apparently left behind by election workers.

‘I went into the area that we use for storage and saw it in there,’ Williams told the New York Post.

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