Trump Tweets: The Air Force One Election Count Rant Edition

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President Trump has spent his Friday flight from D.C. to Paris, France, tweeting about the hotly contested midterm elections in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona. The tweets came @ 10:55 a.m., 10:58 a.m., 11:52 a.m., 12:36 p.m., 1:14 p.m., 1:20 p.m., 1:39 p.m., 3:33 p.m..

As the News Blender reported on Thursday the Secretary of State for Georgia and Republican Governor hopeful Brian Kemp resigned in order to focus on the transition his campaign said in a statement even as ballots continue to be counted shrinking the margin between himself and his Democrat opponent Stacy Abrams. CNN reports on Friday the vote counts are continuing to shrink between the Republican and Democrat with Kemp sitting at 50.3 percent, if, as CNN explains, Kemp falls below the 50 percent mark, by Georgia State law, the contest between Kemp and Abrams would go to a run-off election that would be held on December 4th, 2018.

According to the Secretary of States office, “more than 21,000 outstanding provisional ballots,” remain to be counted.

In a statement Abrams campaign manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo, said via CNN, “Brian Kemp is 25,622 votes above the threshold for a runoff election. Twenty-five thousand votes of nearly 4 million cast are at issue in this race. By (Kemp’s) own admission, there are at least 25,000 outstanding votes, and hundreds if not thousands of more that we are learning about and discovering every day.”

Kemp’s campaign press secretary, Cody Hall said in a statement via CNN, “Based on counts released by the Secretary of State’s office, Brian Kemp’s margin is so large that the number of provisional ballots and overseas ballots will not change his Election Day victory. Simply put, it is mathematically impossible for Stacey Abrams to win or force a run-off election.”

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Florida election officials have “until Saturday to tally votes to determine whether,” the Senate race between exiting Governor Rick Scott (R) and incumbent Senator Bill Nelson (D) and the Governor race between Ron DeSantis (R) and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D), “will head to a recount.”

Newsweek reports that Marc Elias is, “one of the Democratic Party’s top election lawyers.” He also is a partner at the law firm Perkins Coie, who in 2016 hired Fusion GPS, to investigate then-candidate Trump.

As of Friday the vote totals according to The New York Times are:

Governor’s Race:

Ron DeSantis (R) 4,073,557 49.6 percent

Andrew Gillum (D) 4,037,557 49.2 percent

Senate Race:

Rick Scott (R) 4,095,576 50.1 percent

Bill Nelson (D) 4,080,724 49.9 percent

The Washington Post reports that the breakdown of voters by party in Broward county are, “593,000 registered Democrats and 252,000 registered Republicans.”

Mayor Andrew Gillum conceded the race to DeSantis on late Tuesday, but as ballots were counted his communication director Johanna Cervone issued a statement via CNN, that said, “On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count. Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported. Mayor Gillum started his campaign for the people, and we are committed to ensuring every single vote in Florida is counted.”

There is no record of Bill Nelson conceding the race to Scott, in a statement from Wednesday via the Orlando Sentinel Nelson said, “We are proceeding to a recount.”

The New York Times Election results from 2016 show that President Trump won the state of Florida by:

Trump: 4,617,866 48.6 percent

Clinton: 4,504,975 47.4

Totals from Broward county:

Clinton: 553,320 66.1 percent

Trump: 260,951 31.2 percent.

Senator Marco Rubio(R) has taken to Twitter to complain about the election vote counting that is going on in Broward and Palm Beach Florida counties. You can view his tweets @marcorubio

AZ Central reported Friday that after Republicans filed a lawsuit against all county recorders and the Secretary of State late Wednesday that challenged “the way counties verify signatures on mail-in ballots,” that the parties have reached a deal that will allow for signature verification until 5 p.m. November 14th.

At the heart of the lawsuit was the length of time given to “rectify signature mismatches on the green envelopes that contain mail-in ballots.” Citing court records, AZ Central reports that the Republicans argued that, “Under the current varied practices of the defendant county recorders, the vote of citizens in rural counties is diluted because their recorders cut off the ability to cure early ballot signature issues, while voters in other counties such as Pima and Maricopa have a far greater likelihood of having their votes counted because their recorders continue to allow early ballots to be cured well past Election Day.” They added that the “The bottom-line is that all Arizona citizens should be treated equally.”

The reason for the spotlight on Arizona is the Senate race between Martha McSally (R) and Kyrsten Sinema (D). As of Friday The New York Times Election reports that Sinema is in the lead.

The Tallies:

Sinema: 946,314 49.1 percent

McSally: 936,797 48.6 percent

For what it’s worth:

The Bonus Tweets

@ 9:38 p.m. on Thursday President Trump tweeted that “Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal,” regarding the vote tallying from Florida.

CNN on Friday reported that, “The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is not actively investigating any matters related to Tuesday’s election, a department spokesperson said Friday, after it was informed by the Florida Department of State that there have been no allegations of criminal activity.”

@ 9:54 a.m. on Friday President Trump tweeted the proclamation that is said to address “Mass Migration Through the Southern Border.”

According to the proclamation any person crossing our border illegally will not be allowed to apply for asylum. The measure lasts for ninety-days.

In between his election tweets President Trump @ 12:10 p.m. Friday called out retiring Republican Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) for attempting to protect via a bill “Non-Senate confirmed Special Counsel.”

Senator Flake along with Senator Chris Coons (D-Del) wrote legislation that would protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from President Trump interfering with his investigation. Politico reports the bipartisan legislation “cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee in April,” but has yet to make it to the Senate floor for a vote.

For what it is worth:

His last tweet before landing in Paris came @ 4:10 p.m. in which the President criticizes the French President Macron for suggesting “Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China, and Russia.” President Trump called the remarks “very insulting.”

The Washington Post reports that President Macron during an interview criticized President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would “withdraw from the INF Treaty.” The nuclear-arms-control pact was a deal struck between Russia and U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1987.

Macron argues the “main victim,” if the withdrawal happens is, “Europe and its security.” He went on to say via the Post, “We will not protect the Europeans unless we decide to have a true European army,” he added that Europe must, “protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America.”

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