What’s the point in comparing Bush v. Gore to Trump’s court cases?

George Bush and Al Gore were tied except for one state, run by Bush’s brother, that had Gore behind by 537 votes.That’s a little different from what’s going on now. That legitimately calls for a careful recount. So why compare Donald Trump’s refusal to concede with Al Gore’s refusal?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    Republicans want to try and legitimize Trump's temper tantrum over the election by pointing to a past incident where Democrats supported an attempt to "overturn" the results of an election which ended up stretching on for months. 

    But, as you point out, there's huge differences.  For one thing, the margin was much closer.  It ended up being just 500 votes, but on election night it was about 2,000 votes.  Joe Biden's closest margin now is about 10,000 votes.  It also all came down to one state in 2000.  Both Bush and Gore needed to win Florida in order to win.  Which made the contest there a lot more important, and the possibility that the result could change a lot more likely.  There was also a lot of evidence of problems with Florida's vote.  There was no fraud (at least that anyone knows of) but there were a lot of problems with ballots which weren't initially counted by the machines.  Several major counties in Florida used an unusual ballot system where voters didn't fill in a bubble or anything but instead used a stylus to punch out a hole for the candidate they preferred.  But sometimes the hole wouldn't punch out completely.  This lead to an unusually large number of spoiled ballots where the machine didn't count them.  We can see the size of the problem from the fact that Bush's lead shrank by 1500 votes over the course of the recount.  There were literally thousands of ballots where the intent of the voter was clear enough for a hand recount to determine it, but where the machines had not counted them properly.  In 2020 there's no evidence of widespread fraud or problems with ballots.  And because Biden has such a large lead, any kind of problem which would overturn the results would have to exist across multiple states. 

  • 2 months ago

    What is relevant is that someone can think they are the President Elect for over a month before the truth is realised.

  • 2 months ago

    they arent the same in any way 

  • 2 months ago

    That was an ACTUALLY closely contested election and it was handled significantly better than what Trumpsters are trying to claim is going on here.  Plus it's the closest thing we have to compare to.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Bush vs gore just proved the elections in America are rigged 

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