Concession Speeches Began With William Jennings Bryan
When Democrat William Jennings Bryan received word of the results of the 1896 presidential election, he promptly dispatched a telegram to his opponent, Republican William McKinley. https://t.co/FICxG2VXke— Smithsonian Magazine (@SmithsonianMag) November 9, 2020
Health Editor’s Note: So, if Trump fails to concede the 2020 presidential election to the winner, Joe Biden, he will be the first presidential candidate to break a tradition. The concession has taken the form of letters, TV, and radio broadcasts. So far there have been 32 failed attempts to attain the presidency. That is the nature of an election….one person wins and the other person loses.
Trump is not the only sore loser candidate. Dewey refused to personally congratulate FDR who heard of Dewey’s concession though a radio broadcast. Then there was Gore who called Bush to admit defeat and then cried foul after learning the media had called Florida prematurely. Gore did offer a concession speech in mid-December when the election was deemed “closed.”
Any bets on when or if Biden will get one from Trump? I say never…..Carol