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Why do people believe this?
The first time Al Gore was denied the presidency, a man named Adrian Gallo showed up in Iowa to try to change the outcome of the election by presenting handwritten notes from Gore’s exam at Wellesley College. They looked forged, with missing or vague calculations, and likely were—as one court said in 1999, when it declined to order a new election. A search of Wellesley College archives turned up several old rosters for both The Wellesley Republican Club and The Wellesley Democratic Club, both of which had no Gore on them, but several other names noted as honorary members, which Gallo claimed.
When Trump supporters retweet a statistic on Twitter saying Bill Clinton won 50 more electoral votes in 1992 than Al Gore did, it’s an even more plausible explanation. Take a look at the returns from five swing states from the year they’re commenting on, then look at the two candidates’ share of the vote percentage across all states. Clinton wins all five.
“I saw Al Gore get 10,000 votes more than I did!” Trump supporter Noah Milo claims, demanding that we “examine the results to make sure their number is correct and give #AlghaziDemocrats every warning they need before they practice false rape accusations on children.”
Glenn Reynolds responded, “Maybe this case can be more successfully argued by showing how the total ends up that much larger because some votes were tipped from Gore to Clinton? There aren’t exactly two sides to this question.”
Some note that all of the states in which Gore got only a plurality are ones the GOP won in 2012. For some reason, conservative Trump supporters think their candidate took the White House and threw it out to Democrats that evening, whereas it was Clinton who switched votes and won it. Trump himself thought so in a tweet that is now deleted, complaining that the election results “will be totally rigged, especially in the swing states” so we need to “watch carefully”. The president-elect had also suggested that three million “illegals” voted, though you don’t get the job of investigating what happened in the same state where your campaign was widely viewed as a failure.
This is what you call an elaborate conspiracy theory.