January 6 witness cites example of Al Gore in disputed 2000 elections

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Former deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger testifies Thursday before the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License picture

July 22 (UPI) — The House committee’s investigation into the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol focuses on America’s democratic tradition of a peaceful transfer of power.

In a series of public hearings, the committee described former President Donald Trump’s efforts to disrupt certification of his election defeat to President Joe Biden, an unprecedented chapter in American history.

During Thursday’s hearing, Matt Pottinger, a former national security adviser to Trump, said he resigned the day of the riot, which was encouraged by the president via tweets, with no effort to quash the crowd storming the Capitol.

Pottinger praised the examples of Richard Nixon and Al Gore for their handling of tight elections.

“We have an example of a Democratic presidential candidate, Vice President Al Gore, who faced a very similar dilemma. He strongly disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling that lost his candidacy in the election. and allowed President George W. Bush to take office.

“But he gave a concession speech…where he said it was for the sake of the unity of the United States as a people and for the strength of our democracy. ‘I will concede, I will support the new president. His speech is actually a good model for any candidate for any office, up to and including the president, and for any party to read, especially at this time.”

Gore delivered the speech on December 13, 2000 after an exhaustive court battle and numerous recounts in the November 7 election. He had won the popular vote, but lost the electoral vote to Bush.

“Let there be no doubt: although I strongly disagree with the court’s decision, I accept it. I accept the finality of this result, which will be ratified next Monday in the Electoral College,” Gore said. “And tonight, on behalf of our unity as a people and the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession.

“I also accept my responsibility, which I will fulfill unconditionally – to honor the newly elected President and to do all I can to help him bring Americans together in the achievement of the grand vision that our Declaration of Independence defines. and which our Constitution affirms and defends.”

Gore emphasized a call for unity.

“President-elect Bush inherits a nation whose citizens will be ready to assist him in carrying out his great responsibilities. I will be personally at his disposal.

“And I call on all Americans — I especially urge everyone who has stood with us — to unite behind our next president.

“This is America. Just as we fight hard when the stakes are high, we close ranks and unite when the contest is over.”

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