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Protesters outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day the Court heard arguments for Bush v. Gore II. Dec. 11, 2000. (Photo: Photo: Patrice Gilbert/ALM) Protesters outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day the Court heard arguments for Bush v. Gore II. Dec. 11, 2000. (Photo: Photo: Patrice Gilbert/ALM)

Barry Richard bristles at comparisons between Donald Trump’s refusal this week to commit to accepting the results of the November election and Bush v. Gore in 2000.

Richard-Barry Barry Richard. (Photo: Phil Sears)

Memories of butterfly ballots and hanging chads are personal for the Greenberg Traurig partner, who was one of George W. Bush’s lead attorneys when he tussled with Democratic nominee Al Gore over ballot recounts in Florida.

“[Gore] said that the vote was close enough … that he wanted a recount to be sure that the ballots were properly counted by the machines,” Richard said. “He never said, ‘I think this is a corrupt system, I think that it’s rigged.’ That’s a rejection of our entire system. Gore never said that.”

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