Note: on 8/3 Fred Lucas will be a guest on the Lid Radio Show to discuss his new book called Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections.” With all the claims about the primary process being rigged, Fred’s book and appearance on the show comes at a perfect time. I have only started to read it, but so far it’s a captivating read. To give you a taste of the book and what we will discuss next week, Fred has written a guest post briefly looking at some of the rigged/contested elections in American History. It is my hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I did.
Guest post by Fred Lucas
Rigged is a word you’ve heard a lot in this presidential election. From the podium in Cleveland, Trump said Bernie Sanders never stood a chance against Hillary Clinton because the game was rigged. He used to accuse the Republican party of rigging the game against him.
People were up in even more of a lather in previous elections. Four times in the history of the United States, it wasn’t the voters, or even presidential electors, that chose the president. Rather, it was a separate branch of government. I write about these in my book, “Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections.”
For most, 2000 is the frame of reference. But a majority was able to accept the Supreme Court’s verdict in Bush v. Gore, even though many Democrats take it as an article of faith they were robbed in Florida. But other examples are more profound…