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 RubioTrump faces difficult balancing act with reelection campaign Republicans wary of US action on Iran California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth 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 DeSantisTrump parts ways with key Florida adviser: report Death and destruction: A timeline of Hurricane Dorian How to take politics beyond charges of racism 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 TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report 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.