Highlights from Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's third and final debate before the Nov. 8 presidential election. Oct. 20, 2016.

Donald Trump's baseless accusations of conspiracies to rig the election and defeat him are undermining a pillar of our republic: the stable, peaceful transfer of power ("The danger of Trump's rigged election talk," Oct. 17).

Many argue that the Supreme Court stole the 2000 election from Al Gore for George W. Bush's benefit. But Mr. Gore never made that accusation for the sake of our republic's health.

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Some argued that John F. Kennedy stole the 1960 election from Richard Nixon, but Nixon also never made that accusation and for the same reason: The health of our republic.

Both Mr. Gore and Nixon (at least in 1960) cared more for our republic than for the presidency.

What does it say about a politician who seeks to undermine confidence in our elections, and who in that regard compares unfavorably to Richard Nixon?

Ed Schneider, Baltimore

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