The results of the Democratic primary race for mayor of New York City are still up in the air a week after ballots were cast due to what many are describing as a bungled counting job by the city’s Board of Elections.
The botched count even prompted a rebuke from former President Donald Trump, who said Wednesday that the “disaster” in the Big Apple only serves as further evidence of his long-held assertion that “our elections are a mess” in the United States.
“It’s a disaster”
According to reports, New York City’s Board of Elections has yet to release the official results of the Democratic mayoral primary race after acknowledging that its initial vote count mistakenly included roughly 135,000 “test ballots” that should have been cleared from the system before officials started counting the real ballots.
Trump raised the issue during a roundtable discussion with law enforcement and elected officials in Texas. “Check out the New York election today, by the way, they just realized it’s a disaster,” he remarked Wednesday, according to Breitbart. “They’re unable to count the votes.”
The former president described the situation as “sick.”
“We better get our elections straightened out because you’re going to have a runaway country,” he said, as Breitbart reported. “You’re going to have a banana republic, you’re going to have a third-world country here pretty soon because our elections are a mess.”
“Nobody will ever know who really won”
Trump also issued a written statement later Wednesday decrying the handling of the New York mayoral primary, the New York Post reported.
“It was announced overnight in New York City that vast irregularities and mistakes were made and that Eric Adams, despite an almost insurmountable lead, may not win the race,” the former president said, naming the frontrunner and likely victor. “The fact is, based on what has happened, nobody will ever know who really won.”
Trump went on to say that “the mess you are about to see in New York City, it will go on forever,” declaring:
They should close the books and do it all over again, the old-fashioned way, when we had results that were accurate and meaningful.
Even liberals are admitting it
Perhaps surprisingly, Trump isn’t the only one claiming vindication over the botched mayoral election in the Big Apple. Even left-leaning outlet The Week begrudgingly acknowledged “that American elections in general are corrupt and unreliable, producing untrustworthy results.”
“That’s what Trump alleged during the summer and fall of 2020, before any ballots [had] been cast or counted. And that’s what the shambolic Democratic primary in New York City has now vindicated,” The Week senior correspondent Damon Linker wrote Wednesday.
“The United States is undergoing a precipitous collapse in the authority of its institutions, public as well as private, that is driven, in part, by evidence of their incompetence and corruption. Self-government, meanwhile, depends on the existence of institutions that can be trusted to determine the outcome of election contests fairly and accurately,” he concluded, adding:
Put those two facts together and we’re left with the extremely dangerous possibility that the official results of elections will be routinely rejected by participants and their supporters. That is a recipe for democratic breakdown far more severe than anything we’ve seen up to now.