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Chuck Schumer accuses President Trump of “bullying” in Florida recount

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  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer condemned
    President Trump for trying to “bully” Florida into calling the
    highly-contested Senate race going through a recount this
    week.
  • Schumer also said the recount should continue beyond
    the weekend deadline if need be.

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer railed against
President Donald Trump on Tuesday as the
recount
for the Senate race in Florida dragged on a week
beyond Election Day.

Flanked by Sen. Bill Nelson, the Democrat at risk of being
unseated by the Republican challenger Gov. Rick Scott, Schumer
tore into the president for asserting that Nelson should have
already conceded the election.

“If he really wants an honest and fair election, President Trump
will stop bullying, harassing, and lying about the vote in
Florida and let the election proceed without the heavy hand of
the president tipping the scales of justice,” Schumer told
reporters.

Schumer, who declined to take questions from reporters in the
Capitol, also called for extending the Sunday deadline put in
place to finish the recount if need be.

“Right now the state of Florida has a Sunday deadline for the
hand recount. This rule stems from the 2000 Bush v. Gore recount
and was put in place because the recount in 2000 was in danger of
taking so long that the Electoral College would meet without
knowing Florida’s results,” he said. “Fortunately with the Senate
race, there is no Electoral College. That means supervisors of
the elections 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.”

Trump has been vocal about the race, even calling for Nelson to
drop out before the recount has been concluded.

“When will Bill Nelson concede in Florida?” Trump
wrote on Twitter
Tuesday morning. “The characters running
Broward and Palm Beach voting will not be able to ‘find’ enough
votes, too much spotlight on them now!”

Trump also claimed there was foul play and that the results at
the end of election night should be honored instead.

“The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott
and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up
out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged,” he

wrote on Twitter
. “An honest vote count is no longer
possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election
Night!”

Scott has remained ahead in the race and recounts rarely result
in a reversal, but the rhetoric on both sides of the aisle has
only grown more heated in the week since the election.

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