It wasn’t at all surprising that New Agenda president Amy Siskind was awfully excited to hear from Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) making claims that the Russians had hacked Florida’s voting system, and she wasn’t alone.

Gov. Rick Scott wanted answers, but Nelson quickly went silent.

Now, a week later, Nelson has been caught on video walking back his claim and crying that his opponents have “politicized” what he said.

It’s not a good look for the Democrats. You see, what Nelson meant to say was that there was evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, so it was only right to warn people to be on the lookout for Russian interference in 2018.

Mairead McArdle reports at NRO:

“I want you to know why I said what I said,” the Florida Democrat was filmed telling supporters at the event in Lake City. “It would be foolish to think if the Russians were in our election apparatus in Florida in 2016 and that has now been twice documented . . . that they are not continuing.”

Nelson added that he was merely reiterating a warning about midterm-election hacking that he and fellow Florida senator Marco Rubio voiced in a July 2 letter to Florida secretary of state Ken Detzner.

Merely reiterating a warning, huh? By claiming that Russians had hacked Florida’s election system and had “free rein” to move about?

If you can stand it, here’s video of Nelson backtracking on his claim that Russians had hacked into Florida’s election system and blaming his political enemies for blowing his allegations out of proportion.


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