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The Election of 1876: This Fun Bit Of History Feels REALLY Relevant Right Now



While journalists everywhere are literally losing their minds over the current state of politics, it turns out, American elections are full of interesting disputes.

One particular flashback is feeing REALLY relevant right now. So relevant that I’m sitting here thinking, “wait, that could definitely happen!”

It’s the election of 1876 between Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel Tilden.

Much like our recent election, this battle was thought of as one of the “most hostile, controversial campaigns in American history.”

Sound familiar?

But wait, there’s more.

The experts at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential museum break it down perfectly.

Here’s what happened: “Tilden won the popular vote and led in the electoral college, but 19 votes from three Republican-controlled states (Louisiana, Florida, and South Carolina) remained disputed. Oregon’s count was also challenged. Allegations of widespread voter fraud forced Congress to set up a special electoral commission to determine the winner, composed of fifteen congressmen and Supreme Court justices. The commission finally announced their decision only two days before the inauguration. The vote was 8-7 along party lines to award the disputed electoral college votes to Hayes, making him the winner.”

So, when do we get our electoral commission together? Maybe Donald Trump will repeat some history. 

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  1. olga johnson

    December 1, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    TRUMP iS A LOSER just Like Kayleigh McEnany!!!

  2. Gordon E Tatro

    December 1, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    If this election process does not get the truth out and the absurdity of this last minute ‘win’ for Biden then this nation will become a socialistic nation and it can never stay named AMERICA! No socialistic nation has ever had an honest election whereby the possibility existed where they might have to give up that socialism. America can NOT equal Socialism!!! Donald J. Trump will become the LAST American president IF Biden and his socialists get the oval office! AND if they do they will have groomed and rigged any future ‘election’ whereby the nation will vote (perhaps) but the election will look real but be nothing more they a stage game set-up. RIGGED! AND they will begin rigging it just as soon and Biden should get the White House! WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF LOSING THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m a 23 year USAF vet and 21 years working at a local Vets Hospital. We Are In Serious Trouble

  3. Young

    December 1, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    This phony election should make us all embarrassed, saddened, and extremely disappointed to think that such could/did happen in the US. I am a 67 year old male who never believed such a destructive, well organized plot could have been devised and carried out in this country of “former” greatness. Many of us were raised with the understanding that honesty, fair play, and good will would always prevail in the best democracy of our world. And that crime doesn’t pay. Surely those involved in this heinous crime are more interested in getting their own way at any cost; that they know what is in the best interest of American citizens despite our opinions, and that God is on their side. Nothing could be further from the truth…but then again, “truth” appears to no longer matter. I am confident that God will not forgive them. Yes, this election and back-room wheeling and dealing appears to be a very complicated and multi-faceted problem, and will undoubtedly require going to the highest court of the land for resolution. I truly hope they are willing to take on the great level of legal responsibility for which they were put into office, and do so with honesty, integrity, and morality with dignified strength of purpose. Our president Donald Trump has, in my humble opinion, served our country with human greatness. I applaud him as a non career politician for his many wonderful accomplishments over the past four years. Win or lose, he will not be forgotten in this lifetime!! Joe is just another under-performing, run of the mill, scandalous politician who has risen to the highest level of incompetency. History is full of them. PRESIDENT Trump, continue to fight the beautiful fight for free and honest elections. God will undoubtedly deal with the corrupt “others.”

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