RUSH: Based on my wanderings around over the weekend, I think I know what many of you are asking. I know what many of you are discussing. Why is it that all of these elections that were called for Republicans are now too close to call? How does that happen? How do Republicans win these close elections and then all of a sudden they become too close to call, and concessions are rescinded, and all the newfound ballots that nobody knew existed on election night just magically happen to be Democrat ballots?
And they find ’em in schoolrooms. And they find ’em in airports. They find ’em in Avis rent-a-cars and they find out the people that had ’em in the Avis rent-a-cars happen to be very good, big buddies with the sheriff of Broward County, this Israel guy who was deeply involved in whatever the shooting incident was down there at the school. And we find out that it’s the election supervisor down in Broward County, who gets reelected.
There’s no way you can get rid of the babe. She continually gets reelected. She has routinely been found to count blank ballots, to hide ballots that didn’t go the way she wanted them to go. It’s wide open. Everybody knows. So you’re asking, “How does this get stopped? How does it even happen?” So now on election night we had a concession in the Florida governor’s race, but ah, ah, ah, ah, ah! Not anymore. We had a concession in the Senate race in Florida. Ah, ah, ah! Not anymore.
And then Arizona. Arizona is a different story, and the Georgia governor. That’s a slam dunk and they’re trying to walk that back and now Stacey Abrams says she’s got secret information that’s gonna wipe out her opponent, Mr. Kemp. Greetings, my friends. How you doing? Rush Limbaugh behind the Golden EIB Microphone at 800-282-2882. So I’ve begun the process of printing up an honorary degree from the Limbaugh Institute for Ron DeSantis, who won, but now it may become a collector’s item.
Really. Here’s where we are in those two races. In the governor’s race, as of election night and I think going into the recount, DeSantis had a 33,000-vote advantage. Now, when you look at it out of eight million votes cast, it’s kind of seems, “not very many votes Rush.” And it’s even smaller number in the Senate race, Rick Scott, 12,000-plus over Staple Face, Bill Nelson. But, folks, when you start getting into… These are machine recounts. When you start getting… Thirty-three thousand votes is a lot to overcome.
I mean, that’s a lot of votes to be wrong. In a sane world, I don’t care what the percentage margin of votes it is, 33,000 votes? That would be one hell of a fraud job, and to reverse… For 33,000 votes to be wrong? We’re talking… That would be phenomenal. You could almost say the same about 12,000 votes. Twelve-thousand votes wrong in any universe you want, 12,000 votes or 33,000. So the effort here at the recount to wipe out victories of 33,000 and 12,000, it ought not be possible.
I mean, these are machine counts, and those kind of mistakes… Stop and think of recounts, look at the Florida recount in 2000. I mean, that was 253. You know, that’s a little different. And the Kennedy-Nixon in 1960, that was two states. It was West Virginia, Chicago. We know that games were played there. It’s been admitted to. But this is a lot of votes to be wrong. And so they should hold up. But nobody’s confident that they’re gonna hold up.
You know who’s confident they’re gonna hold up? I find this fascinating. If you go talk to the people that I say are in the conservative intelligentsia, the intellectuals, the conservative media, the people who do not think the country is in crisis, I don’t know how you do not think that. All you have to do is look at an electoral map, but still you know that there are people on our side whose major disagreement with us is that they don’t think that we’re in any kind of a crisis.
“This is just the ebb and flow of politics. You win some; you lose some. It all evens out over time, da-da-da-da-da-da-da.”
“Yeah, but what about the demographics?”
“Ah, we can… Demographics, shmenographics! We can make just the big a play for those voters as the Democrats can. We should be afraid of people coming in the country. Our message should resonate if our message is good… Blah, blah, blah. There’s no crisis.” And those are the people telling me, “Rush, there’s no way the Democrats can erase a 33,000 vote margin,” and I just look at ’em. You know, on paper, that sounds exactly right. A 33,000 vote margin should be… Are there that many mistakes? No! There just aren’t, and there are not 12,000.
It’s rules that stipulate recounts when margins of victory get below certain percentages, like one half of 1% or 1%. But the total number of votes here in Florida and even in Georgia make these recount efforts essentially hopeless. But they’re not because he know what’s going on.
RUSH: Now, one of the things back to the recount mania here in Florida, the defeated gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is now making one of my warnings on Friday come true as loudly and vividly as possible. I want to go back, grab audio sound bite number 1. I want to remind you of a major, major point that I made in discussing the ongoing recount and how the left is gonna handle this, the terminology they use and what it actually means.
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RUSH: So when Gillum or anybody starts talking about “count every vote,” it means including the provisional ballots. If it hasn’t happened yet, it will very soon, and it will be done the way the left always does. The provisional ballots will be cast by minorities, people of color, the poor, women and children, whoever are the protected class. The people that are always getting the excrement sandwich in life in America will be those who have cast the provisional ballot.
And because these are people that are downtrodden, homeless, hungry, thirsty, we need to really, really, really count them. They need to participate in our process. So the move will be to count every provisional ballot as legitimate and eligible. “Count every vote” is a dog whistle for “we need to find more votes,” not votes that have been cast. We’re looking for ways to add to vote totals. We are looking for ways to actually cast ballots. That’s what all of this means, and that’s what’s going on.
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RUSH: Right. It is exactly right. And Andrew Gillum is running around running around Florida now, and that’s his mantra, count every vote, count every vote. What it’s — it’s designed to appeal to average, ordinary people not following through who are being made to believe that some votes are not being counted! The effort here is to make it look like Rick Scott and DeSantis and the Republicans are trying to not count ballots. That’s the purpose of this. So they’re running around saying, “Count every ballot! Count every ballot!”
It’s made to look like some votes are being suppressed, and whose votes would those? Why, people of color of course and women and children and minorities. There’s a pychological component to this. “Count every vote” is not really a requirement. They’re not talking to Brenda Snipes. Brenda Snipes doesn’t need to be told count every vote down in Broward County. She knows what’s going on. It is meant for the media to use that as a psychological message to the great unwashed that somebody’s trying to not count every vote.
And so count every vote, why, that’s the epitome of democracy. Why, it’s the epitome of fairness. Why, it’s the epitome of what’s right and just. And, of course, who’s standing for this and calling for it? Why, our good friends, the Democrats. When in fact it’s all caca. “Count every vote” is nothing more than a trick to make people think dastardly, evil Republicans are not counting every vote. Here’s an illustration again. This is a montage. We put it together very quickly of “count every vote,” all kinds of people in the media and in the Democrat Party.
BAKARI SELLERS: In Georgia, Arizona, and Florida, Democrats have to have the same message: just make sure every single vote is counted.
CHUCK SCHUMER: Every vote should be counted.
DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: We need to count the votes.
ED HENRY: (newsroom noise) Count all the votes.
MICHAEL SMERCONISH: I want every vote counted.
JANE HARMAN: Every vote has to be counted. Tom Perez: Every vote must be counted.
CORNELL BELCHER: Count every vote.
CHERI BUSTOS: Every vote ought to count.
RUSH: Who’s not counting them? We have media people in this. “Count every vote.” What is this? Where is the idea we’re not counting every vote? We did count every vote on election night, and the Republicans won the Senate and the governorship in Florida! So now it’s recounts have been triggered, and so they’re looking for additional votes, and they’re trying to make sure every provisional ballot, eligible or not, gets counted. “Count every vote.”
Well, who isn’t? Who hasn’t? Have you seen an allegation that votes are not being counted? I’ll bet’s the opposite, that the allegation is that votes we didn’t know we had are being discovered, like in a schoolroom in Miramar. Or a box load of provision ballots in an Avis rent-a-car rented by a Democrat activist at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport, which they created all kinds of havoc there last night by attempting to shut the place down with a potential bomb threat, and it was nothing more than a box of provisional ballots.
So you see how this works. “Count every vote! Count….” Has there been an allegation that we haven’t counted every vote? Was there some controversy on election night? Why would Gillum and Nelson have conceded if there were some question that every vote hadn’t been counted, hmm? Well, there was no such controversy. There was no such allegation. There was no such supposition. There wasn’t any suspicion that every vote has not been counted.
So what the hell is this? It’s exactly what I’m telling you. It’s an attempt to create, in the minds of the public, which ends up then supporting whatever the Democrats say needs to be done. Trick here is to make it look like there’s somebody out there trying to suppress votes. And the Democrats are standing up for democracy. “Count every vote! Count every vote.” Every vote has been counted, and the Democrats lost.
RUSH: More from Rick Scott. This again from Fox & Friends this morning. He’s talking to Steve Doocy, who asked Scott, “How did they come up with 93,000 votes after election night in Palm Beach and also in Broward County? How did they come up with that many votes after election night?”
SCOTT: They won’t tell us. We have no idea. We know that they didn’t let in party officials to observe. We know mysteriously 93,000 new ballots showed up after Election Day. We know that Brenda Snipes has said that she took illegal ballots and put them in with legal ballots. She admitted that. We know that they continued to try to count after the deadline, which was noon on Saturday. So we know all these things, but in the end, I have 12,600 more votes than Bill Nelson. I won the election. No recount has ever overturned a lead like that. Bill Nelson is clearly a sore loser. He can’t stand the fact that he’s not gonna be elected for the first time in decades. He’s just here to steal this election. That’s what he’s done.
RUSH: Well, I tell you what. It’s not usual to hear a candidate speak like this “steal the election,” “engage in fraud,” but damn it, that’s exactly what’s going on here. And he’s right. This is a point that I made in the opening segment of today’s busy broadcast. He has an over 12,000-vote victory. No recount has ever erased a margin that big, I don’t care what percentage it is of the total vote. And when you get to the governor’s race, we’re talking 33,000 votes.
No recount has ever reversed that many votes. And by the way, every county but two counties reported on time, including the counties in the Panhandle that were wiped out by the hurricane. They reported on time. It’s only Broward and Palm Beach who have not reported, found mysterious, late ballots with all kinds of question marks around them, even after all of the fraud that has ostensibly been engaged in, Rick Scott’s still up by 12,000, and they’re still not through.
Here’s Michael in Jacksonville, Florida, as we get started on the phones. Great to have you, sir. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. It’s great to talk to you. I’ve been a student of the Limbaugh Institute since 1991, and I know there are no degrees; so I’m going for the Perfect Attendance Award instead.
RUSH: Well, I appreciate that. That’s good. Nice objective. Perfect Attendance Award. I like that. I never even pulled that off in school.
CALLER: (laughing) I wanted to ask your opinion. What effect do you think that all this drumbeat from the Democrats and media about “count every vote” is going to have on the general electorate? Because you’ve often told us that you think the Democrats eventually will make a move on saying “We can’t really trust elections, elections are too problematic, we should do away with them.” Do you think that this relates to that? What kind of effect do you think we could be looking at here?
RUSH: Well, as I stated a bunch of times here, I think the psychological component to count every vote is to create the impression that some people aren’t. It’s to create — and, by the way, when it’s only Democrats and the media saying it. Do you know any Republicans out there demanding every vote be counted? No, because every vote is! And it’s not… These are machine tabulated votes, and the totals are compared to the number of registered voters and the people that showed up on Election Day, you have to turn those numbers in within days of the election.
Those numbers are known. So the Republicans don’t run around saying “count every vote” because there’s… Maybe we should. Maybe we ought to try to create the impression it’s the Democrats monkeying around here with things. But the psychological purpose of this is to create the impression that some people aren’t counting votes, that some people don’t want to count votes. And those would be the Republicans, because the Republicans don’t trust you, and Republicans don’t like you.
Republicans don’t want you to have freedom, they don’t want you to participate in democracy, they don’t want you to be able to have your constitutional rights, whatever. That is the overly impression of “count every vote” is to create the impression that somebody’s out there trying not to. Now, as that relates to down the road elections not trustworthy, we may have to come up with an alternative, as long as the Democrats continue to find ways to win them, then elections are not threatened.
But I’ll tell you, the way the oppressors… The way the leftists with growing and as oppressive and intolerant as they are becoming of just everyday existence and speech on behalf of people they don’t agree with, I mean, these are dangerous times, I think. I don’t think anything should be taken off the board as impossible, no matter how odd or outrageous it sounds, ’cause we’re talking about people, I still believe that not enough people on our side really recognize what we’re up against here.
RUSH: Ocala, Florida. Debbie, you’re next. It’s great to have you here. Hi.
CALLER: Thank you. Hello from the Sunshine State, even though sometimes we don’t seem so bright. How in the world is the supervisor of elections in Broward County still in office? I mean —
RUSH: I don’t know. I wish… I’ve got people asking me why she can’t be arrested, where’s law enforcement, why she can’t be removed. I don’t have any idea… She’s elected, for one thing. She’s not appointed.
CALLER: Exactly, she’s elected, but, I mean, she needs to be removed from office. She is ignorant. It’s ridiculous. Actually, she’s not ignorant. She’s very smart. Because she’s in a position where she can manipulate what she wants. I mean —
RUSH: Look, I’ve seen this woman on TV. She’s defiant! She knows what she’s doing. And she’s acting like there’s nothing anybody can do to stop her.
RUSH: She’s defiant.
CALLER: The thing is, she’s even… These damaged, so-called damaged ballots, she has had her people sitting there filling out new ballots without anybody overseeing them. I mean, it’s outrageous.
RUSH: Well, when you find a bunch of blank ballots, when you find a bunch of blank ballots, what’s the point of that? How do blank provisional ballots end up anywhere to be found by somebody? And why do they even announce that they’ve been found? I know. There’s so many oddities here. Folks, any crime is like any crime. I mean, how did Obama get away with this or that? Well, the Supreme Court rewrote his legislation to make it constitutional.
The mandate. Prior to that… I mean, there’s no way the federal government can mandate that we buy something. It’s a violation of the Fourth Amendment. There’s no way. But John Roberts rewrote it so that it was called a tax, and the federal government does have the power to tax. So forcing you to buy insurance, the individual mandate, was labeled a tax, meaning the government can tell you to do that. Any number of examples like that.
I’m at a loss to explain other than the fact that she is reelected and that’s the only way to get rid of her is at the ballot box. But if there is crime being committed, if somebody’s not gonna pursue it… You know, crime is crime, and crime is crime if nobody tries to stop you. The law is only as good as its enforcement. And if there isn’t going to be any effort to enforce a law here or a law there, then the law may as well not exist.
It takes somebody trying to enforce it. Now, when it comes to election law, now we get into a gray area because of separation of powers, state regulations, agreements that the major political parties have made with each other over the years about procedures and so forth. Let me update you on some of the news that has happened. Debbie, thanks for the call. I appreciate it.
“Authorities gave the all clear at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a suspicious package was found outside Terminal 4 Sunday night, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. … Just after 6:30 p.m. a report of the package came in to Regional Communications, BSO said. Traffic was blocked to the airport. BSO deputies and the department’s bomb squad responded. Just before 10 p.m. BSO said the ‘bomb squad and deputies have deemed the package safe.'”
Laura Loomer has reported that “a provisional ballot box from the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office was discovered in the back of a rental car by an Avis employee at the Fort Lauderdale Airport on night. … n Avis employee contacted the police at the Fort Lauderdale airport, on Sunday evening, alerting them to the provisional ballot box. However, the airport police reportedly didn’t want to touch the SOE ballot boxes, prompting the AVIS employee to contact Richard Denapoli, the Broward County GOP state committeeman, who quickly made his way over to the airport to meet the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FLDE) where he began filming and taking pictures as officers were claiming there was a ‘bomb threat’ at the airport and began” behaving accordingly.
“Pictures taken at the scene show two boxes. One box is red, and the other is grey. The grey box is labeled ‘PROVISIONAL BALLOT BOX’ with a sign that says ‘Broward County Supervisor of Elections,’ a purple tag that says ‘ERT region 13,’ and a backwards yellow tag with a seven digit numerical and five-letter code. According to the Avis employee, the rental car was last driven by Noah Holliman, whose has an @broward.org email address connected to his Florida voter registration profile.
“Noah Holliman, the Broward County employee who dropped off the rental car with boxes of provisional ballots is friends with Sheriff Scott Israel” at least “on Facebook. Holloman also appears to be tied to Democrat gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. … Holliman’s voter registration seems to indicate he is a Democrat voter in Broward County, Florida, and a member of the “anti-Trump army” and many other left-wing groups…”
So what is this guy doing with a box of provisional ballots? Why are they in an Avis rental car, and how’d they end up in an airport subject to a bomb threat which caused all kinds of havoc at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport last night? It gets weirder and weirder. Then you have the box of ballots that was found by the schoolteacher in Miramar, which is down in the Miami area. Now, about Brenda Snipes. She is the supervisor of elections in Broward County.
She “supervisor accidentally mixed more than a dozen rejected ballots with nearly 200 valid ones, a circumstance that is unlikely to help Brenda Snipes push back against Republican allegations of incompetence. The mistake — for which no one had a solution Friday night — was discovered after Snipes agreed to present 205 provisional ballots to the Broward County canvassing board for inspection. She had initially intended to handle the ballots administratively, but agreed to present them to the canvassing board after Republican attorneys objected.
“‘We have found no clear authority controlling the situation faced by the board,’ said Broward County Attorney Andrew Meyers.” What? The “mistake”? I don’t think there’s a mistake here. These mistakes always favor Democrats every time. Isn’t it funny, every uncounted ballot always is a Democrat ballot. Every election the Democrats lose, there’s always some question about it. And yet the Democrats and the media tell us all the time there’s no such thing as voter fraud. It’s not possible, and yet isn’t that what the Democrats are alleging here with the need for all these recounts?
I must take another brief time-out. Oh, wait. One more. One more. One more about Brenda Snipes. She allowed illegal aliens and felons to vote, and she illegally destroyed ballots. Now, this is a three-day-old story, and it contains a history of her corruption and malfeasance. Three statewide races in Florida are headed to a recount, and all depend on results from a county whose supervisor of elections has a history of losing ballots and breaking laws by allowing illegal immigrants and felons to vote as well as illegally destroying ballots.
All of this has been confirmed. This why people are asking, how is she still in office? Well, she’s still in office because she gets reelected. Well, then why isn’t law enforcement…? These are already things that have been done. She allowed illegal, ineligible people to vote. Why doesn’t that qualify for some authority moving in or removing her, or at least charging her with something? But the key is in the sentence stated by one of the Broward County lawyers:
“There is no controlling legal authority.”
Do you know who first made that statement? At least in modern times that I remember, it was Vice President Algore, and I forget specifically what it was about. It was one of the controversies in the Clinton administration. It might have involved Algore. It was shena… It was not elections. It was some other thing. And Algore, “there’s no controlling legal authority.” That’s what the Democrat lawyers are saying about all the missteps taken by Brenda Snipe, “There’s no controlling legal authority.”
Meaning she’s immune from law enforcement for whatever reason, there’s no law enforcement to enforce. There’s no office, there’s no sheriff, there’s no cops, there’s no nothing that has the authority to judge whether or not Brenda Snipes or anybody else in Broward County is breaking, quote, unquote, the law. No controlling legal authority. Convenient summation and phrase. And we will be back.
RUSH: Grab audio sound bite No. 8. This is Elijah Cummings of the Congressional Black Caucasians, who was on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos yesterday. And it’s just more of the same. Just want you to be aware of it. Stephanopoulos said, “What are your top priorities when you take over the chairmanship of the House Oversight Committee?
CUMMINGS: We’ve gotta look at things like voter suppression.
CUMMINGS: We cannot have a country where we do… Where we have… It becomes normal to do everything in folks’ power to stop people from voting.
RUSH: Who’s doing that?
CUMMINGS: There’s no reason why in the United States of America people should be standing in line for four and five hours and — and — and basically being pushed away from the polls. We’ve gotta turn that around.
RUSH: Oh. Reminds me of something I saw last week on one of my tech blogs. The story was long lines to vote is the death knell of democracy. It was on midterm Election Day, and there were long lines in a lot of places, and this little tech blogger just — tell me it’s not coordinated when the guy running the House Oversight Committee starts mouthing the same stuff? Yeah, long lines to vote, that’s bad for democracy.
Wait a minute. It would look to me like lots of people showing up want to participate. It ought not be that hard! Well, maybe it ought not be easy, either. Maybe it ought to take some kind of commitment to vote. I saw that headline, says, damn it, here they go again. Long lines, a sign democracy isn’t working, as I think it was close to that. That’s paraphrase. We don’t have a democracy anyway, and now here’s Elijah Cummings:
“There’s no reason why in the United States people should be standing like four or five hours basically being pushed away.” Who’s pushing anybody away? You see how this works? He’s asked what he’s gonna do when he takes over the Oversight Committee. He says, “Well, we — we — we have to look at things like voter suppression. We cannot have a country where it becomes normal to do everything to stop people from vote.”
Who in the hell is doing that? Now, look. In a country with this many polling places, we know that the New Black Panther Party, for example, in Philadelphia, in 2008, was trying to make sure people didn’t show up and vote. But again, who were they? They were Obama supporters. Who are these mythical people out there trying to suppress votes? Nobody! But it’s become a Democrat left-wing mantra that that’s what Republicans are about, and that’s why this “count every vote” thing is continuing and is picking up its intensity.
RUSH: Algore was illegally fundraising in the White House, is what it was. He was dialing for dollars. He was making fundraiser calls from the West Wing. And that’s when he said there is no controlling legal authority, meaning there’s nobody that can tell me what I’m doing is illegal; so screw you. And that’s what the Democrats are saying in Broward and Palm Beach County now.
RUSH: Okay. Sabrina in Orlando. It’s great to have you. I’m glad you waited. Hi.
CALLER: Hi? How are you?
RUSH: I’m good.
CALLER: (garbled cell) Thank you for taking my call. I am really, ugh, concerned about the recount here in Florida. I would say most of my life, I’m from Broward. I’m in central Florida now, and I don’t put anything past Brenda Snipes or even Sheriff Scott Israel. It’s really concerning me. I just need you to tell me that they’ve never overcome this many votes before in a recount and that this is gonna come out the way that it was on Tuesday night. (chuckles)
RUSH: Well, I… (chuckles) I appreciate the faith that you have in me. I wish I could predict the future. I wish I could tell you with ontological certitude. The only thing I can tell you is that there has never been — in American history — an election victory of 12,000 votes overturned via a recount. That margin of victory has never been erased via a recount. It’s a lot of votes. You know, Scott got 4,012,000 and Smiley Nelson got 4,000,000. I’m making the numbers up, but that’s close. So you think, “Well, 12,000 out of 4 million? That’s nothing, Rush.”
No. Look at the number 12,000. These are voting machines. Plus you’ve got the provisional, the early, and so forth. To get 12,000 votes wrong or in the case of the governor’s race with DeSantis and Gillum, that’s 33,000. To have that many votes wrong, it’s never happened.
Now, that doesn’t mean that the Democrats are not capable of breaking the record. And it doesn’t mean that they’re not going to try to. But I’ll tell you: Scott’s on this case.
He has been on this case from the get-go. So has Marco Rubio. This is not like Florida 2000 where it took everybody a couple of weeks to get up to speed. This has been something that Scott and his team have been in court on. In fact, the judge today had to admonish both sides to roll back the rhetoric. I don’t know what the specific subject was in court today. But, Sabrina, does it give you any comfort that no 12,000-vote margin has ever been erased in a recount? Does that make you feel better?
CALLER: Uh, no, because I just don’t trust them. And I know that (unintelligible). (Unintelligible) but — and Scott and stuff. But I just want to know that every single machine and ballot is gonna be watched by some Republican in every single county from this moment until 3 p.m. on Thursday.
RUSH: Well, I think —
CALLER: Nothing will be out of sight.
RUSH: Well… (chuckles) Look, when they discover boxes for provisional ballots in an Avis rent-a-car at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport, I doubt that there was a Republican standing next to the car. And when an election worker or somebody — teacher, rather — found a box of votes at a school in Miramar, I doubt that there was a Republican standing by. But in the recount process, yeah, Republicans are all over the place. Republican lawyers and experts are all over the place.
You just don’t hear about it because to the media, they don’t exist. The only people important to media are the liberal Democrats that are doing this. Remember… Look, the premise of this… One of the reasons why you’re upset — and I don’t blame you — is if you turn on CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, the premise of the recount is the Republicans cheated, or the premise of the recount is that some Democrats votes weren’t counted.
Or the premise of the recount is that there might have been some Democrats getting screwed. That’s the premise! That’s the narrative. It’s the recount’s necessary because the Republicans did something. It’s just the way the media is. They justify the recount. There’s a recount triggered by law because these races are close. The first recount is a machine recount, and then if races get even closer, then a manual or hand recount is mandated by law. It’s the hand recount that the Democrats are trying to get to. That would include the provisional ballots.
But when you get into hand recounts, that’s when you individually handle ballots and look at them. That, so far, has not been what’s gone on. It’s been a machine recount up to now. But the reason you feel ill at ease is simply because that’s the design of the news coverage about this. I mean, on election night, we had two Republicans win, we had two Democrats concede — and before the night was over, questions were being raised about the vote only because they were close.
It gave the Democrats and their media accomplices an opening to suggest that something was awry. “Well, if the Republicans won and something is awry, then the Republicans must have done something wrong, illegal…” This is the narrative that’s created, designed to continue the lie and the myth that Republicans cheat and are racist and bigoted and deny minorities the right to vote and all this. Which has been something the media and the Democrats have spent generations portraying.
That’s why you feel ill at ease. All this is happening because Republican victories are suspect. “A Republican win with a margin this close? Nah. There has to be something illegal that happened!” So the recount is designed to bring justice to the election, and that would be Democrats winning. Well, if the media is going to report it with such auspices and narrative, it’s no wonder you’re getting nervous.
But no recount has ever erased a 12,000-vote margin of victory. Not to say that they’re not gonna try, but it’s a lot of votes to have been miscounted — and in the governor’s race, 33,000 is 2.5 times, and it would be very, very odd for that many to be… I forget how close they were. It’s just for that many votes in a universe to be wrong has never been done. It’s never happened.