Put prin­ci­ple above pol­i­tics

Baltimore Sun - - WORLD - Ed Sch­nei­der, Bal­ti­more

Don­ald Trump’s base­less ac­cu­sa­tions of con­spir­a­cies to rig the elec­tion and de­feat him are un­der­min­ing a pil­lar of our repub­lic: the sta­ble, peace­ful trans­fer of power (“The dan­ger of Trump’s rigged elec­tion talk,” Oct. 17).

Many ar­gue that the Supreme Court stole the 2000 elec­tion from Al Gore for Ge­orge W. Bush’s ben­e­fit. But Mr. Gore never made that ac­cu­sa­tion for the sake of our repub­lic’s health.

Some ar­gued that John F. Kennedy stole the 1960 elec­tion from Richard Nixon, but Nixon also never made that ac­cu­sa­tion and for the same rea­son: The health of our repub­lic.

Both Mr. Gore and Nixon (at least in 1960) cared more for our repub­lic than for the pres­i­dency.

What does it say about a politi­cian who seeks to un­der­mine con­fi­dence in our elec­tions, and who in that re­gard com­pares un­fa­vor­ably to Richard Nixon?

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