George Will: "Post-Factual Politics" From Campaign Still Exists, Nixon More Of A Statesman Than Current Leadership


George Will said the Stein-Clinton call for a recount in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan reminds him of Richard Nixon deciding not to challenge the results in Illinois and Texas in the 1960 presidential election.

"We're now in a position where Nixon is a model of statesmanship compared to the current leadership," Will quipped.

From Monday's edition of Special Report:

GEORGE WILL: [Jill] Stein is driving this and I think the Clinton team feels they have to sort of go along or what would they be saying. It's not the question of do they have a right to do this, of course they do and the president-elect having spent the pre-election period saying the whole thing was rigged and is now saying afterwards that there's these millions of fraudulent votes cast is in a weak position to say that people shouldn't proceed as if something wasn't seriously wrong in this election.

It just means that the post-factual politics that we got used to during the campaign did not end on November 8th, and we didn't expect it to. I think all sides ought to step back and think about what happened in 1960. Richard Nixon lost a wafer-thin race to Kennedy, fewer than 1 vote per precinct nationwide. There were serious allegations of fraud in Texas which he narrowly loss and in Illinois where 4.7 million votes were cast and he lost by 8,000 votes which is chump change when you're stealing votes in the way they used to do it in Chicago.

Nixon was urged to challenge both states. If he'd won both states he's been president, and he said no the country cannot stand this kind of uncertainty, and the virulence that would be loose by this and he stepped back. So we're now in a position where Nixon is a model of statesmanship compared to the current leadership.

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