Andrew Gillum says “You Better Count Every Vote” in Florida recount and has words for Trump

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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum speaks during a Democratic gubernatorial debate held at Florida Gulf Coast University's Cohen Center, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


A week after Florida voters went to the polls, and days after rescinding his concession, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum had a serious message as the state’s first ever recount begins.

“Even if it takes you into the middle of next week, you better count every vote,” Gillum said on Monday to CBS Miami. “We’re not going to be shushed. We’re not going to be sat down. We are not going to be ignored,”

The recount will settle both the race for governor between Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis as well as the race for U.S. Senator between Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Trump demanded that the state stop the recount and declare the Republicans winner in a panicked tweet on Monday. Gillum saw this and responded with three words:

Scott attempted to have the state’s department of justice investigate the recount, but there was no evidence of fraud found and the recount commenced. Scott has also filed three lawsuits against election supervisors in Broward and Palm Beach counties, demanding to know what went wrong when it came to counting ballots.

The first suit claims Brenda Snipe, the Supervisor of Elections in heavily Democratic Broward County, counted a certain number of ballots after the noon deadline on Saturday. The other two lawsuits requested that law enforcement impound the voting tabulation equipment from Broward and Palm Beach after the machine recount is completed.

Gillum said the GOP is trying to limit the ballot results for a win and took swipes at Scott, senator Marco Rubio, and Trump.

“If you wonder why the President of the United States, the junior Senator of the United States, Mr. Rubio, and the sitting Governor of the state of Florida are fighting like you know what to stop a vote count that ought to tell you something,” he said.