Outgoing Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Freed has challenged former President Donald Trump’s claims that he sent federal agents to South Florida to prevent the 2018 election from being “stolen” from Governor Ron DeSantis. I hope the ministry will investigate.
Freed, who was narrowly elected to the Cabinet in 2018, told U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday to investigate Trump’s allegations that he used the FBI and federal prosecutors to eliminate “vote theft” in Broward County. requested to do so.
“There were no widespread allegations that the election was stolen from Ron DeSantis in favor of Andrew Gillam. I voted in 2018 so I know,” Freed wrote to Garland. There was a recount of both the election and my own, but there was no fraud or foul play, and to the best of my knowledge, there was no involvement of the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Federal Attorney’s Office.”
Without providing any evidence, Trump said in a social media post on Thursday that DeSantis helped secure the governor’s victory in 2018.
“[Then]after the race, when votes were stolen by Broward County’s rigged electoral process and Ron was losing 10,000 votes in a day with now Senator Rick Scott, I turned to the FBI and U.S. Attorneys. And the vote theft quickly ended, just before he ran out of votes needed to win.I stopped his election from being stolen,” Trump wrote.
Trump’s remarks come amid a growing rift with DeSantis, widely viewed as the Republican frontrunner in the 2024 presidential election.
Trump is set to announce his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election on Tuesday night.
DeSantis, who was re-elected last week, won the 2018 election by about 32,000 votes over Gillam. Scott won the Senate seat by defeating Democrat Bill Nelson by about 10,000 votes.
Freed, the only Democrat elected statewide, has failed to run for governor this year and plans to resign from his Cabinet post in January.
Via Florida News Service