Scarborough: Trump throwing doubt into elections is ‘action of a tyrant’

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Monday slammed President Trump for sowing doubt into elections in states such as Arizona and Florida, saying that his statements represent the actions of a “tyrant.”

“Donald Trump tweeting in Arizona that the signatures don’t match, electoral corruption. This is again, this is the action of a tyrant,” Scarborough said on “Morning Joe.”

“I’m not saying he’s a tyrant. But this is how tyrants, this is how autocrats, this is how dictators behave.”

“I’m not saying Trump is that, but he is borrowing their language,” he added. 

{mosads}Scarborough’s comments come as Trump continues to speak out about the close elections in Florida and Arizona.

On Friday, Trump tweeted that “electoral corruption” was going on in Arizona as officials tallied votes in the Senate race between Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (D) and Martha McSally (R). 

He later alleged on Saturday that the Democrats were “trying to steal two big elections” in Florida, referring to the Senate and gubernatorial races.

Trump took a step further on Monday by calling for the mandated recounts in Florida to end, adding that “an honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected.”

The ballots in the Senate race between Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D) and the governor’s race between former Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) are being recounted after the race was determined to be too close to call.

Gillum responded to Trump’s comment by saying he though the president sounded “nervous.”

In Arizona, Sinema has gradually seen her lead increase over McSally as votes continue to be released. Retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), whose seat Sinema and McSally are running for, said on Friday that despite Trump’s accusation, there is “no evidence of ‘electoral corruption.’ “

“Thousands of dedicated Arizonans work in a non-partisan fashion every election cycle to ensure that every vote is counted,” Flake tweeted. “We appreciate their service.”

Tags 2018 midterms Arizona Bill Nelson Donald Trump Florida Jeff Flake Martha McSally Recount Ron DeSantis

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