historian and author Stephen L. Carter notes, the 1800 election that gave us Thomas Jefferson as president was marred by claims from supporters of Aaron Burr that Jefferson had cheated. At the time, the person who finished second in the balloting became vice president. In 1804, Burr's final year as vice president, things became so fraught between the two sides of the political debate that Burr killed his main political antagonist, Alexander Hamilton, in a duel.
In 1824, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson fought bitterly to win the White House, and after a deadlock, the election became the first to be thrown into the House of Representatives. Jackson won the presidency four years later, after decrying the "corrupt bargain" that Adams made with House Speaker Henry Clay in 1824 to gain the presidency.
Take 1876, when Samuel L. Tilden beat Rutherford B. Hayes in the popular vote. But neither won the Electoral College outright. So a deal was struck: Democrats agreed to abandon their candidate, Tilden, in favor of the Republican Hayes, if the incoming president would promise to withdraw troops from the post-Reconstruction South. That deal is still considered questionable in terms of its legality by many scholars.
In 1960, there were what voting analysts today like to call "massive irregularities" in the vote counts of mob-run Chicago, West Virginia and LBJ's Texas that favored one candidate: John F. Kennedy. Despite feeling he had been cheated of the presidency, Richard M. Nixon, a man who has been miscast as a misanthropic paranoid, refused to challenge the cheating out of concern for what it would do to the country.
The point is, U.S. elections have never been all that clean. As the saying goes, it ain't beanbag. But the loser has usually conceded in the end.
That she would now denounce Trump for suggesting he might not respect the results is a joke. It shows her utter shamelessness.
In Wednesday night's debate, Hillary made out like she was Joan of Arc on the debate stage, a defender of "free and fair" elections and the idea that once done, an election is over -- finished.
But we all know what happened in 2000. Democrats contested the outcome of the Florida vote, which showed George W. Bush with a slender win over Al Gore -- giving him just enough electoral votes to win the presidency. After initially conceding defeat, Gore recanted and spent weeks challenging the results. The election left the country politically divided and angry.
Later, vote recounts and investigations by no fewer than five separate left-leaning media groups found that, under most rules for recounting ballots -- including the broad recount standard that Al Gore had favored -- George W. Bush had won the Florida election.
Did Hillary and other Democrats meekly concede and recede into the political woodwork? Hardly.
The left-leaning media continue to push the idea that the 2000 election was stolen. A headline in a 2012 issue of the New Yorker is a case in point: "Yes, Bush v. Gore Did Steal the Election."
Hillary has perpetuated this lie for nearly two decades.
In a 2002 video, she tells a political fundraiser in Los Angeles that Bush was "selected," not "elected" -- implying he was illegitimate.
In 2009, while secretary of state, Clinton told a town-hall meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, that the U.S.' democracy wasn't perfect. "In 2000, our presidential election came down to one state where the brother of the man running for president was the governor of the state, so I mean, we have our problems too," she said. "But we have been moving to try to remedy those problems as we see them."