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Schumer slams Trump, Scott over Florida recount: They 'don't want the votes counted'

Schumer slams Trump, Scott over Florida recount: They 'don't want the votes counted'
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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE and Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) as Florida's Senate and gubernatorial races head to recounts, saying they "don't want the votes counted."

Schumer, appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," said that Trump and Scott — who is also the GOP nominee for Senate in Florida — will try to interfere in the recount.

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"They don’t want the votes counted. We Democrats, we want every single vote counted. That’s every American's right no matter who they vote for," Schumer said.

"We’re willing to abide by the outcome if every vote is counted and nothing is interfered with. We believe that Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Divided House on full display Florida Democrats mired in division, debt ahead of 2022 Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives MORE will be reelected senator if every vote is counted, and that’s what Trump and Scott are so scared of," he added.

In the Senate race in Florida, Scott and incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D) are locked in a close race, as is the state's gubernatorial election between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech Sunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Golden statue of Trump at CPAC ridiculed online MORE.

Trump and Scott in recent days have accused Democrats of trying to "steal" the election, pointing to what they have described as potential fraud committed by election officials in Broward County. 

Schumer said Sunday on that there is no evidence of fraud in the election. 

"When you vote by mail, it takes a while to count the ballots because some of the mail votes come in on Election Day. And that’s a process that should be transparent. There have been Republicans and Democrats in those election places and no one has alleged any fraud," Schumer said.