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Karl Rove Tells Donald Trump to Give it Up in New Op-Ed

Karl Rove certainly wasn’t willing to give up in 2000. That year, he was running George W. Bush’s presidential campaign against Vice President Al Gore. And Rove was victorious winning in the state of Florida by less than 600 votes.

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While some have compared Donald Trump’s attempts to reverse the results of this years election to 2000, Rove says that comparison isn’t valid. And writing for the Wall St. Journal on Wednesday night, the former Republican adviser says it’s time for Trump to give it up.

Rove wrote, “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is correct that Mr. Trump is “100% within his rights” to go to court over concerns about fraud and transparency. But the president’s efforts are unlikely to move a single state from Mr. Biden’s column, and certainly they’re not enough to change the final outcome.”

The Republican adviser continued, “There are only three statewide contests in the past half-century in which recounts changed the outcome: the 1974 New Hampshire Senate race, the 2004 Washington governor’s contest, and the 2008 Minnesota Senate election. The candidates in these races were separated, respectively, by 355, 261 and 215 votes after Election Day. These margins aren’t much like today’s. Mr. Biden led Wednesday in Wisconsin by 20,540 votes, Pennsylvania by 49,064, Michigan by 146,123, Arizona by 12,614, Nevada by 36,870 and Georgia by 14,108.”

The former Bush aide closed his column, “U.S. politics remains polarized and venomous. Closing out this election will be a hard but necessary step toward restoring some unity and political equilibrium. Once his days in court are over, the president should do his part to unite the country by leading a peaceful transition and letting grievances go.”

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