And he only needed three words to do it.
On Monday, the president argued that the Florida election should be called in favor of Republicans Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott even though doing so would buck the state’s recount procedures.
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. An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2018
As of Saturday, Gillum trailed DeSantis by less than 0.5 of a percentage point, which will require a machine recount of ballots.
However, he came out on top with his response to Trump’s conspiratorial tweet.
Many Twitter users were impressed with Gillum’s calm clap back. The president? Not so much.
Cheaters are always nervous. Karma will catch up to him. I guarantee it...— S. Hattar-all things political (@shattar0429) November 12, 2018
This is despicable. In a state where Republicans are down by 30,000 votes he calls for a new election. In states where they are up by 30,000 votes he says to end them immediately— Lulu (@upuouo) November 12, 2018
"An honest vote count is no longer possible"— Kjell K. Williams (@KjellWilliams) November 12, 2018
This is the epitome of authoritarianism.
He is no longer just authoritarian adjacent.
Trump: “They should just end the Super Bowl at the end of the 3rd quarter because the Patriots are winning and my friend Bob Kraft owns the team. The other team will only try to cheat in the 4th quarter like they always do so the game should be declared over so I get what I want”— Commander in Briefs (@BriefsIn) November 12, 2018
Interesting, @realDonaldTrump didn't mind the Russians interfering in our 2016 election, and now he wants us to ignore #Florida law and declare persons victorious without the mandatory recount. #Trump's suggestion is voter fraud & lawlessness. Floridians want their votes counted!— Cher @Spotlight on Game Changers (@SpotlightonGC) November 12, 2018
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.