A federal judge on Monday took a stab at former President Donald Trump for continuing to throw out lies about his election loss in 2020, saying former Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore took his election loss in 2000 as “a man.”
“Al Gore had a better case to argue than Mr. Trump, however he was a man about what happened to him. He accepted it and walked away, “Judge Reggie Walton told the District Court of Columbia, according to a CNN report.
Walton referred to Gore’s decision to concede the 2000 race against Republican George W. Bush after weeks of legal battles centered on an extremely close race in Florida and a U.S. Supreme Court decision that stopped a complete recount there. Gore had won the popular vote in the nation (as Hillary Clinton did in 2016), but he challenged the Electoral College vote based on the Florida recount.
Walton sought Trump during a prayer hearing in a U.S. Capitol riot case against Adam Johnson, 36. The Florida resident was seen happily dragging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ironed lectern around the Capitol on Jan. 6 in a photo that was widely circulated by the media.
The judge told Johnson: “What worries me, sir, is that you were gullible enough to come to Washington, DC, from Florida based on a lie – and person who inspired you to do what you do still comes up with these statements. My concern is that you are gullible enough to do it again. “
Johnson said he took responsibility for his what he did in the Capitol, adding that he had a “hard year” and got “trapped at the moment, “the Sarasota Herald Tribune reported.
He pleaded guilty to the charge of entering and remaining in a restricted building or area, and he could face up to six months in prison on sentencing.
Two other charges against Johnson was dropped as part of his admission of guilt.