Back in the election of 1876, the Democrat, Samuel Tilden, won both the Electoral College and the national popular vote. But four states claimed that occupying union troops were engaging in voter fraud, so they submitted electoral college slates for both candidates. With these competing Electoral College slates, neither candidate won the majority needed to take the Electoral College and become president.
As a result, the election got thrown to the State legislatures via the House of Representatives, and they chose the Republican who had lost the election, Rutherford B. Hayes, as president.
Donald Trump proclaimed, during a rally a few days ago, that he and the Republican Party are planning a very similar strategy, as I wrote about back in March of this year.
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All nine swing states have Republican-controlled state legislatures, and the Constitution gives state legislatures the final say in what their Electoral College vote is. They have the ability to completely ignore how the election turned out, and simply choose any presidential candidate they want.
When this happens, Democrats will claim that Republicans are trying to steal the election, but Republicans will say they’re simply doing what the law allows, just like happened in 1876 when Rutherford B Hayes lost the election but still ended up in the White House.
Democrats will then sue the Republicans, and the election will end up before the Supreme Court. Thus Trump, at another rally Tuesday night said that he needs one last vote on the Court who is loyal to him, who was appointed by him.
This is why Republicans are pushing so hard to get a Supreme Court nominee on the bench before November 3.
This election is now in our hands.
It’s come down to us. We are the last bulwark of democracy in America.
We must stop them.
This election may be the last chance to prevent America from sliding irretrievably into fascism. We must do everything we can to save our republic.