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’
© Greg Nash

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Cuban negotiator says Trump's efforts to destabilize Cuba's government will fail Freedom to Compete Act would benefit many American workers 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. 

 

ADVERTISEMENT

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 DeSantisGOP leaders dead set against Roy Moore in Alabama Workers find 27 possible graves near Florida's oldest reform school Trump administration renews interest in Florida offshore drilling: 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 TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference 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.