HENDERSON, Nev. — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said that while he believes the results of the 2000 presidential election were false, it is still impossible to nefariously alter the results of a nationwide election.
During a press conference Wednesday at a small Mexican restaurant outside Las Vegas, Reid told reporters that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s claims that voter fraud will be a factor in the demise of his White House bid was utter nonsense.
“I think the only thing rigged that I’ve seen in this election is his mind. How would a good American citizen do everything they could frighten the American people saying the election is rigged?”
Reid also noted that examples of ballot tampering and voter fraud are microscopic. Because the voting system in the United States is “decentralized,” Reid said, foreign actors and individuals cannot compromise the entire U.S. voting results.
The retiring Democratic leader added that Trump is “threatening an uproar,” which is a threat to democracy.
However, when Reid cited the 2000 election between George W. Bush and then-Vice President Al Gore, he said he did not believe the Supreme Court’s final decision.
“Everyone knows I wasn’t a supporter of George Bush the second. I was a close personal friend, still am, of Al Gore. He got 600,000 more votes than Bush. We believe he won in Florida.”
Reid conceded that while he was not satisfied with the results, he did not cause the uproar that many fear will result from a country that is told their election was stolen from them.
“Even though I disagreed with their opinion, they determined that for the next four years, George Bush was going to be President of the United States. Al Gore conceded quickly and America being a national of laws, not of men, quickly, we went on to our business.”
“Everything went on as normal,” Reid added. “There were no riots, there were no broken windows, no tires burning in the streets, no buildings set fire.”