Donald Trump claimed Saturday that he’s “asking law enforcement to check for dishonest early voting in Florida,” but neither the state’s law enforcement agency nor elections officials have received any complaints or reports of voting irregularities. Without any supporting evidence, Trump leveled his claim in two Twitter posts, suggesting the alleged activity was being done to help Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who might be closing the gap with the frontrunner in the final days of the campaign. Trump’s allegation, retweeted thousands of times, was issued on the last day of mandatory statewide in-person early voting, amid heavy turnout in urban counties where, polling indicates, Rubio is hoping to do well — especially in his home county of Miami-Dade, where 90,000 of the 1 million early and absentee ballots in Florida have been cast as of Saturday. Trump did not explain where the alleged fraud is happening and his campaign did not respond to an email for further explanation.
“Word is-early voting in FL is very dishonest. Little Marco, his State Chairman, & their minions are working overtime-trying to rig the vote,” Trump wrote on Twitter at 1:06 p.m. “We are asking law enforcement to check for dishonest early voting in Florida- on behalf of little Marco Rubio,” Trump wrote a minute later. “No way to run a country!”
The Rubio campaign didn’t reply for comment immediately. One of Rubio’s Florida co-chairman, former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, ridiculed Trump’s claim about him and campaign “minions” trying to rig the process.
“I don’t know about minions, but I do know about Minyans,” Hasner, a Jewish Republican activist, said via text message, referring to a gathering of Jewish worshippers.