MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough called GOP efforts in Florida to stop counting incoming votes “third-world country stuff.”
Scarborough made the remarks on his show Friday, the morning after Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) sued Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes.
"Rick Scott is freaking out. He doesn’t want ballots to be counted,” Scarborough, a former GOP congressman who dropped out of the Republican Party after President TrumpDonald TrumpClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' Sinema reignites 2024 primary chatter amid filibuster fight Why not a Manchin-DeSantis ticket for 2024? MORE's election, said on his show Friday. “This is third-world country stuff coming from the Republican Party.”
Scott has a slim 15,000 vote lead in Florida over incumbent Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonOvernight Energy & Environment — Earth records its hottest years ever Global temperatures in past seven years hottest ever observed, new data show NASA welcomes chief scientist, senior climate adviser in new dual role MORE (D).
In his lawsuit, he claims that Broward County, where votes are still being counted, has lacked transparency in its vote-counting methods. He also accuses the county of withholding information on how many people voted, how many ballots have been counted and how many more votes remain untallied in the county.
“I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election,” Scott said Thursday in a press conference. “Every day since the election, the left wing activists in Broward County have been coming up with more and more ballots out of nowhere.”
The margin between Scott and Nelson is just 0.18 percentage points, enough to trigger an automatic recount under the state's law.
Other Republicans have joined Scott in criticizing Broward County, with Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHow a nice-guy South Dakota senator fell into a Trump storm Republicans threaten floor takeover if Democrats weaken filibuster Democrats must close the perception gap MORE (R-Fla.) accusing Democrats of wanting to change the election's results.
Now democrat lawyers are descending on #Florida. They have been very clear they aren’t here to make sure every vote is counted.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 8, 2018
- They are here to change the results of election; &
- #Broward is where they plan to do it.#Sayfie
Scarborough criticized Rubio for the remarks.
“Marco Rubio actually wants to make sure that Florida citizens’ votes aren’t counted," he said.
Scarborough said sometimes close races can take a few extra days to tally up, but that Republicans are angry because the remaining uncounted votes come from Democratic-leaning counties.
“They got nothing,” Scarborough said. “They are trying to stop the votes from being counted.”
President Trump blasted what he called “another big corruption scandal having to do with election fraud” in a late Thursday night tweet.
Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach. Florida voted for Rick Scott!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018
He reiterated his criticism Friday morning to reporters on the White House lawn.