Schumer tells Trump to stay out of Florida recount

Schumer tells Trump to stay out of Florida recount

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDem senator describes 'overcrowded quarters,' 'harsh odor' at border facilities Top Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday said if President Trump wants an honest and fair election, he “will stop bullying, harassing and lying about the vote in Florida and let the election precede without the heavy hand of the president tipping the scales of justice.” 

He urged Florida election officials to count every vote in the Florida Senate race currently undergoing a recount and predicted that Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonDemocrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 Poll: Six Democrats lead Trump in Florida match-ups How Jim Bridenstine recruited an old enemy to advise NASA MORE (D-Fla.) will be reelected if they follow through.

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“The hallmark of our democracy is simple: Every vote must count. That’s what Democrats believe, that’s what we’re trying to get done,” he told reporters at a Capitol press conference, alongside Nelson. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE and Gov. Scott seem dead set against counting every vote. Why? Because they’re worried if every vote is counted, Bill Nelson will be reelected as senator from the great state of Florida,” he said, referring to Nelson’s opponent, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R).

Schumer accused Trump and Scott of “attempting to bully the election officials in Florida out of doing their jobs in an attempt to win this election.”

Nelson accused Scott of “using his power as governor to try to undermine the voting process. He’s thrown around words like voter fraud, with no proof.”

“He’s tried to get the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to intimidate local supervisors of elections,” he added.

He noted that both Florida’s Department of Law Enforcement and the secretary of state have both said there’s no credible evidence of voter fraud.

Scott has filed emergency motions in Palm Beach and Broward county courts calling on the Department of Law Enforcement to impound all voting machines and tabulating devices that aren’t in use. 

“It’s become obvious that Mr. Scott cannot oversee the process in a fair and impartial way and he should remove himself from the recount process,” Nelson said.

Trump has called on Florida officials to end the recount because ballots have become “massively infected by fraud” although he has provided no evidence to back up that claim. 

“The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida public schools will be required to provide mental health education for students To win over Midwesterners, Democrats should rethink school choice stance DeSantis wants statue of civil rights activist to replace Confederate figure on Capitol Hill MORE in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged. An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!” he tweeted on Monday.

Schumer argued the Sunday deadline for the hand recount, a rule that stems from the contested presidential election between George W. Bush and Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreNew York State of wind Overnight Energy: EPA halts surprise inspections of power, chemical plants | Regulators decline to ban pesticide linked to brain damage | NY awards country's largest offshore wind energy contracts New York awards country's largest offshore wind energy contracts MORE in 2000, shouldn’t apply to the Senate race. 

He argued the rule was put in place because in 2000 Florida officials weren’t able to finish their recount before the Electoral College met to vote on the next president and that no similar time pressure is on determining the outcome of the Senate race.

“Supervisors of the election should have all the time they need to count every Floridian’s ballot to make sure the candidate with the most votes is actually seated in January, even if the vote count has to go beyond Sunday,” he said.

Schumer also backed up Nelson’s call that Scott should recuse himself from any decisions about the recount.

“Gov. Scott needs to recuse himself from any involvement in the recount and do it now,” he said. “He’s a contestant in this election and can’t possibly be trusted to be a neutral and fair arbiter as the votes are tallied.”