There has been some gnashing of teeth and snarling of “UN-precedented” for a POTUS to not just give it up at the first whiff of a loss to his opponent. That’s just horrid ignorance or a flat out lie.
There’s a very dramatic Presidential precedent.
Republican Rutherford B. Hayes vs Democrat Samuel J. Tilden.
In the end, the Republican got the presidency, but not without an act of Congress (even if not fully written down…)
I’ll be quoting from The Wiki so as not to risk copyright claims. I’m sure you can find the same historical truth elsewhere if that bothers you. So far nobody seems to have been motivated to rewrite the history of Rutherford B. Hayes.
The basic story line is that the Democrats in The Old South wanted those Damn Yankee Republicans who were running reconstruction to get out of their States so they could get back to oppressing their black population. Tilden had more approved Electoral College votes than did Hayes, AND was ahead in the popular vote (sound familiar?) BUT there were 20 electoral college votes that were not settled in time. So a “deal” was cut. The Compromise of 1877. The 20 electoral college votes would go to Hayes, and he’d get POTUS, but in return, the Republicans would get the hell out of the prior Confederate States and let the Democrats there get back to abuse of former slaves.
Here’s the links:
The Compromise of 1877 was an unwritten deal, informally arranged among U.S. Congressmen, that settled the intensely disputed 1876 presidential election. It resulted in the United States federal government pulling the last troops out of the South, and ending the Reconstruction Era. Through the Compromise, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was awarded the White House over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden on the understanding that Hayes would remove the federal troops whose support was essential for the survival of Republican state governments in South Carolina, Florida and Louisiana. Under the compromise, Democrats who controlled the House of Representatives allowed the decision of the Electoral Commission to take effect. The outgoing president, Republican Ulysses S. Grant, removed the soldiers from Florida. As president, Hayes removed the remaining troops from South Carolina and Louisiana. As soon as the troops left, many white Republicans also left, and the “Redeemer” Democrats, who already dominated other state governments in the South, took control. The exact terms of the agreement are somewhat contested as the documentation is insufficient.
Black Republicans felt betrayed as they lost power and were subject to discrimination and harassment to suppress their voting. By 1905, nearly all black men were effectively disenfranchised by state legislatures in every Southern state.
Gee, sounds right familiar like…
The 1876 United States presidential election was the 23rd quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 7, 1876, in which Republican nominee Rutherford B. Hayes faced Democrat Samuel J. Tilden. It was one of the most contentious and controversial presidential elections in American history, and gave rise to the Compromise of 1877 by which the Democrats conceded the election to Hayes in return for an end to Reconstruction and the withdrawal of federal troops from the South. After a controversial post-election process, Hayes was declared the winner.
After President Ulysses S. Grant declined to seek a third term despite previously being expected to do so, Congressman James G. Blaine emerged as the front-runner for the Republican nomination. However, Blaine was unable to win a majority at the 1876 Republican National Convention, which settled on Governor Hayes of Ohio as a compromise candidate. The 1876 Democratic National Convention nominated Governor Tilden of New York on the second ballot.
The results of the election remain among the most disputed ever. Although it is not disputed that Tilden outpolled Hayes in the popular vote, after a first count of votes, Tilden had won 184 electoral votes to Hayes’s 165, with 20 votes from four states unresolved: in Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina, each party reported its candidate had won the state, while in Oregon, one elector was replaced after being declared illegal for being an “elected or appointed official”. The question of who should have been awarded these electoral votes is the source of the continued controversy.
An informal deal was struck to resolve the dispute: the Compromise of 1877, which awarded all 20 electoral votes to Hayes; in return for the Democrats’ acquiescence to Hayes’ election, the Republicans agreed to withdraw federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction. The Compromise in effect ceded power in the Southern states to the Democratic Redeemers, who proceeded to disenfranchise black voters thereafter.
Democrats, wanting Blacks back on the plantation. What a surprise… /sarc;
And from the “Everything old is new again” department:
The Democratic strategy for victory in the South was highly reliant on paramilitary groups such as the Red Shirts and the White League. Using the strategy of the Mississippi Plan, these groups actively suppressed black and white Republican voter turnouts by disrupting meetings and rallies and even using violence and intimidation. They saw themselves as the military wing of the Democratic Party
Just change the names. “Red Shirts” to Black Block Antifa. “White League” to BLM militants. Everything else is the same. Disrupting meetings and rallies. Using violence and intimidation. Military wing of the Democratic Party.
Well, it didn’t work then. Let’s hope (and work for) it not working now.
And when folks holler at you that it is an UNPRECEDENTED!! thing, shout back “Rutherford B. Hayes!”
For what it’s worth, this kind of hung process food fight is exactly what the Electoral College is there to reduce, and the final arbiter of Congress to end. A direct vote of the people for POTUS would be a nightmare as you would have to recount every single ballot everywhere in a dispute (like right now…). A functionally impossible task, and absolutely impossible to do right and free of all fraud.