Trump spreads unsubstantiated conspiracy about voter fraud


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President
Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday,
Dec. 8, 2017.

Jonathan
Bachman/AP


  • President Donald Trump continued to spread unsubstantiated
    conspiracies about voter fraud in American elections as midterm
    election ballots continue to be counted — and recounted — in key
    races in Florida and Georgia. 
  • Trump has aggressively accused elections officials of
    forging and “finding” votes in Florida in order to hand the key
    Senate and gubernatorial contests to Democrats. 
  • There is no evidence of any form of wrongdoing in
    Florida’s elections. Florida’s secretary of state — appointed
    by Scott — and the Department of Law Enforcement have insisted
    that there are no credible allegations of election fraud to
    investigate.

President Donald Trump continued to spread unsubstantiated
conspiracies about voter fraud committed by Democrats in US
elections as midterm election ballots continue to be counted —
and recounted — in key races in Florida and Georgia. 

“The Republicans don’t win and that’s because of
potentially illegal votes,” Trump
told the Daily Caller
, a conservative online news outlet,
during a Wednesday interview. “When people get in line that have
absolutely no right to vote and they go around in circles.
Sometimes they go to their car, put on a different hat, put on a
different shirt, come in and vote again.”

There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the US
and though Trump has repeatedly alleged otherwise, there is no
evidence of fraud in Florida’s ongoing midterm recounts.
Florida’s secretary of state — appointed by Republican Gov. Rick
Scott — and the Department of Law Enforcement have insisted that
there are no credible allegations of election fraud to
investigate.

On Monday,
a Florida judge 

denied
Scott’s request
that law enforcement seize and monitor
ballots and voting equipment during the recounts, citing a lack
of evidence of any fraud or irregularities in the ballot
counting. 

“If someone in this county has evidence of fraud or
irregularities, they should report it to a law enforcement
office,” Judge Jack Tuter said.

Tuter also requested that both Democrats and Republicans
“ramp down the rhetoric” surrounding the contentious
gubernatorial and Senate races in Florida. 

Since Election Day last Tuesday, Trump has repeatedly made
unsubstantiated allegations about the vote counts in Florida,
claiming that officials are forging and “finding” votes or
committing other forms of fraud.

“An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively
infected,” he tweeted Monday,
asserting that Scott and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep.
Ron DeSantis had decisively won their contests.

Following the president’s lead, Scott has accused elections
officials in his state of electoral corruption and of overseeing
widespread voter fraud.

“Their goal is to keep mysteriously finding more votes until the
election turns out the way they want,” Scott said Thursday.


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