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So I was listening to Start Making Sense, a podcast put out by The Nation (yeah, I know) because I wanted to get a progressive take on the January 6 hearings. As expected, their take is that Trump intentionally provoked a violent insurrection by pushing the Big Lie that the election was stolen when he knew it was not. Then, The Nation’s National Affairs Correspondent, John Nichols, offered this comparison to the disputes of the 2000 election:
Election night 2000, back when Bush was running against Gore. Karl Rove made a series of instantaneous decisions that made George Bush president. They hired up all the lawyers in Florida. They got on message in a whole bunch of ways. They decided they were going to send James Baker in. These were instantaneous decisions which all ended up benefiting Bush tremendously, even though he actually lost Florida and lost the election.