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Trump: A ‘new Election’ could be needed after ‘Theft’ in Florida, Arizona

The first 2020 preview.

Donald Trump outside of the White House on November 9, 2018. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Donald Trump outside of the White House on November 9, 2018. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Florida’s Senate and gubernatorial elections appear to be heading toward recounts. Arizona’s Senate race remains too close to call, but Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) is now seen as a favorite over Rep. Martha McSally (R) as votes continue to be counted after Tuesday’s midterms.

None of this is unusual. There are typically several races that extend beyond Election Day every two years. It can take a while to count all of the ballots and declare a winner in a close election, especially in highly-populated areas where votes must be counted by hand or require additional verification after being sent by mail, which is the case in both of these states.

But perfectly logical explanations were not enough for President Alex Jones Donald Trump, who told reporters that “all of a sudden” Florida election officials were “finding votes out of nowhere,” and a Democratic lawyer behind the effort to count votes was connected the infamous Steele Dossier, before departing for Paris on Friday.

Though the Washington Post noted “there is no evidence that the votes being counted in Broward County are anything other than legitimate votes cast by Florida voters,” the president of the United States didn’t stop there.

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Aboard Air Force One and apparently with some time to kill before reaching France, Trump sent a string of tweets that rank among the most paranoid and irresponsible of his presidency, baselessly claiming that Democrats are tampering with vote counts and suggesting there might be a need for another Senate election.

It started with the president mocking special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, which has already resulted in more than 100 criminal charges against dozens of people, including guilty pleas from Trump’s former national security adviser, former campaign manager, and multiple former campaign advisers.

Trump then assured his supporters that he was “sending much better lawyers to expose the FRAUD!” of people in diverse areas voting for Democrats.

The president put a pin in his galaxy-brain thinking to take a shot at outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R).

But Trump soon returned to ranting about conspiracy theories regarding the counting of votes in Florida, suggesting without evidence that Broward County officials took a while to count votes during the 2016 presidential election because they wanted to hurt him and “falsify a victory!”

Then, in perhaps the most unhinged tweet of the president’s busy Friday on Twitter, Trump shifted his focus to Arizona and asked whether it was time to “Call for a new Election?”

NPR’s Domenico Montanaro spotted the obvious flaw in Trump’s theory regarding voter verification in Arizona.

Crooked Media’s Dan Pfeiffer, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, noted it seemed like Trump was taking a practice run for possibly losing the 2020 presidential election.

Media Matters’ Matthew Gertz, in his ongoing public service of watching Fox News so the rest of us don’t have to, determined that state media at Fox was indeed the likely inspiration for Trump’s latest conspiracy theory about the left.

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Marc Elias, the Democratic lawyer who Trump mentioned on Twitter on Friday, was discussed during Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show on Thursday night.

Then Sean Hannity screamed about Elias in the following hour of Fox programming.

And then Elias was mentioned multiple times during Friday’s edition of Fox & Friends, Trump’s favorite morning “news” source.

Gertz noticed that Trump’s tweet about the close Arizona Senate contest appeared to be the president live-tweeting Fox programming from Air Force One.

Trump’s mention of GPS Fusion is a reference to the Steele Dossier that the president falsely claims has been discredited. In fact, the opposite is true and much of what Christopher Steele, a former member of Britain’s foreign intelligence service, reported about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia has been found to be credible by intelligence officials.

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If you are confused about how we got from Florida to Russia at this point, which is completely understandable, the Washington Post’s Philip Bump provided a helpful step-by-step explainer to Trump’s “logic.”

1. Broward County is counting ballots.
2. Those votes, coming from a heavily Democratic area, are benefiting Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson’s campaign.
3. Nelson’s campaign attorney once worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.
4. During that period, he hired Fusion GPS.
5. Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele.
6. Steele compiled a series of reports alleging links between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government.
7. Therefore, according to Trump, the vote count in Broward is perhaps being influenced by “dishonest” Fusion GPS.

Again, large areas taking a while to count votes is nothing new. California, the largest state with an estimated 20 million voters, always takes weeks to certify its election results. The Los Angeles Times pointed out that “Two counties alone — Los Angeles and Orange — have more voters than 30 states.” Broward and Palm Beach Counties, the ones that Trump is mad about, are the 17th and 28th-largest counties in the country in terms of population.

Arizona’s Maricopa County, which contains Phoenix, is the fourth-most populous county in the U.S. with around four million citizens.

The part-time president of the United States and full-time Fox News viewer is not the only Republican promoting conspiracy theories about vote counts. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) alleged that Democrats are trying to “steal a seat in the U.S. Senate” in a series of frantic tweets on Thursday afternoon.

Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL), who is attempting to defeat incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), accused “unethical liberals” of trying to take a Senate seat away from him by asking to have all of the votes counted on Thursday evening.