On Thursday (November 10), former President Donald Trump relayed that he had sent federal agents to Florida in 2018 to prevent the election from being stolen from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R); he provided no evidence to back up these claims.
In a post on Truth Social, Trump claimed Broward County election’s process was “corrupt” and that votes were “being stolen.”
He then asserted that DeSantis’s lead over his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum, was dropping by 10,000 a day when Trump and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) intervened.
Trump explained that he and Scott sent U.S. Attorneys and the FBI to Broward County, following which the “ballot theft” ended, averting the ploy to steal the elections.
In 2018, days after the midterm elections, Scott claimed there had been fraud in Broward County because of the slow count, allowing illegal votes to be inserted in the count.
Scott, who won the Senate by 10,000 votes in 2018, never backed up his claims with evidence.
In the days following the 2018 midterm election, DeSantis — who was projected to win the gubernatorial race — lost some ground to his Democratic opponent, but not enough to make a significant indent in his chances of winning.
Following Trump’s assertions, NBC News correspondent for investigations, Tom Winter, announced that the outlet hadn’t found any evidence to support Trump’s claims.
In the run-up to his suspected 2024 campaign announcement Trump has attempted to assert that he is responsible for DeSantis’s 2018 victory in a move meant to dissuade DeSantis from his own 2024 bid.