Rubio cites Bible verse amid recount criticisms: ‘You cannot count what is not there’

Rubio cites Bible verse amid recount criticisms: ‘You cannot count what is not there’
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioMeet Maduro, Venezuela's copycat dictator Politifact names conspiracies about Parkland students as 2018's 'lie of the year' Republicans skeptical of Trump’s plan to have military build the wall MORE (R-Fla.) on Wednesday tweeted a Bible verse amid his criticism of the Florida recounts, writing, "You cannot count what is not there."

"What is crooked cannot be made straight, and you cannot count what is not there. Ecclesiastes 1:15," Rubio wrote. 

 

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Rubio, who frequently posts Bible passages, posted the quote as he continues to accuse Democrats of attempting to "steal" elections in Florida as the races for governor and Senate undergo recounts mandated by law. 

 

Rubio for days has accused election officials and Democrats in Florida's Broward and Palm Beach Counties of malign activity, sometimes without presenting evidence of these claims.

GOP Senate candidate Rick Scott and gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisGillum to speak at gathering of top Dem donors: report GOP opens door to new NC election amid fraud claims Gillum reached out to O’Rourke amid 2020 speculation: report MORE (R) were ahead when the votes went to a recount. 

The senatorial race, in particular, has been marred by bitter accusations and legal battles launched by Republicans and Democrats, as each side accuses the other of using dirty tactics to try and win the election.  

Republicans, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpActivists highlight Trump ties to foreign autocrats in hotel light display Jose Canseco pitches Trump for chief of staff: ‘Worried about you looking more like a Twinkie everyday’ Dershowitz: Mueller's report will contain 'sins' but no 'impeachable offense' MORE, have made accusations of voter fraud without evidence to back the claim.

In a Monday ruling, a Florida judge told Democrats and Republicans invested in the Florida recount battle to "ramp down the rhetoric," warning that unsubstantiated allegations of malfeasance could undermine the public's support for state officials. 

“If someone in this lawsuit or someone in this county has evidence of voter fraud or irregularities at the supervisor’s office, they should report it to their local law enforcement officer,” Broward Chief Circuit Judge Jack Tuter said. “If the lawyers are aware of it, they should swear out an affidavit, but everything the lawyers are saying out there in front of the elections office is being beamed all over the country."

"We need to be careful of what we say," Tuter added. "Words mean things these days.”

The Hill has reached out to Rubio for comment.