Cuban Americans were wary of Democrats, but enough had voted for Clinton to help give him Florida in previous elections.

As one talking head puts it, the election was lost in a lot of places, but it was stolen in Miami. Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush (L) shakes hands with Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore after their second debate, in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, 11 October 2000. I was 16 at the time, so not old enough to vote, but old enough to start being interested in politics. And even though the movie doesn’t address the Covid-19 pandemic, it serves as a painful yet necessary reminder of how a contested election might play out in 2020 and the sorts of obscure government officials who could decide the Biden-Trump election if it drags out for days or weeks after Election Day. In This Article: 537 Votes spends its first act recounting how the drama surrounding Elián González, a six-year-old Cuban boy who washed up in Miami half-dead after losing his mother on the treacherous voyage to the mainland, became a flashpoint in local politics.

So why did it all come down to one county? © Copyright 2020 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC.

It’s the furthest thing from a dry, soberly narrated Frontline special — Corben doesn’t hesitate to accuse the Bush team from outright stealing the presidential election, but he’s equally critical of the squishy Democrats, including Al Gore, for not taking to the streets to fight for a full recount in Florida. What did you say to be able to get them to cooperate? And everybody agreed on either side of the aisle that the recount in Miami-Dade being shut down was the beginning of the end. Hike in Style: 5 Pieces to Pick Up from Nike's Mountain-Ready ACG Collection, How Donald Trump Plans to Overthrow American Democracy, Go Inside a Zoom Horror Film With ‘Take This Lollipop 2’, Eddie Van Halen: The Joy and Pain of Rock’s Last Guitar Superhero, Jimmy Page on His Vision for Led Zeppelin, ‘We Merely Need to Dampen Turnout’: Leaked Docs Show Top Trump Allies’ 2016 Plan to Suppress Black Voters.

There’s no telling how far and wide we could expert Florida fuckery circa 2000 to the rest of the country. Corben spoke by phone with Rolling Stone about the documentary, which premiered Wednesday on HBO, and why he felt the 2000 election was worth revisiting. When we look to D.C. now, the U.S. is being governed and held hostage by a small fanatical group of extremists. 'The Prom' Trailer: Meryl Streep Heads Back to High School to Sing…, The Best Fantasy and Sci-Fi Shows on Netflix. How many Miami-Dades could we have in this country? The Republicans realized they could weaponize the community with the c-word: communism. What the president of the United States does takes so much longer to affect your regular life. Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. What do you make of their pride in a notorious, dark moment in American history?I think Rick Sanchez said it best in the doc: While the Democrats were trying to do the right thing, the Republicans were trying to win. Billy Corben: [Co-producers] Alfred [Spellman] and David Cypkin and l were talking last summer about what we were going to do in the 2020 election cycle.
You watch this movie and you realize there are all these local political grifters and self-interested politicians down here.

The Supreme Court not only stopped the counting of legal ballots, but they actually told hundreds of people to pound sand and they threw out hundreds of ballots. That was the Miami of the ’90s, 2000s, and today. However, there are times when Corben misses bigger issues that would have been nice to address.
Corben, a native Floridian, came to see the Florida recount as a harbinger for the chaos of 2020.

Again, I remember saying to [anti-Trump activist and Florida Republican consultant] Rick Wilson earlier this year: “Let me get this straight, Rick: It was OK when you did it in Tallahassee, but not OK when Trump does it now?”. On the upside, voting has already begun. [Miami-Dade County Democratic Party chairman] Joe Geller was of course physically harassed. 537 Votes is most effective as a warning to its liberal viewers. Gore, who stupidly had conceded the race earlier that night only to recant his concession, assumed the system would work in his favor, while Republican operatives coalesced in Miami to make sure that Bush would win by a narrow margin. But you have to fight to have your vote counted. It’s why Elian Gonzalez is the first act of the movie. Again, lessons of the 2000 recount. The present is epilogue — what do you mean by that?We’re living the epilogue for this story. That sets the tone.” As best I could tell, 537 Votes doesn’t unearth any long-buried revelations about the Florida recount, but it does a bang-up job of transporting the viewer back to the democratic crisis that kicked off the 2000s, as well as making the case that the 2000 recount and Florida’s scorched-earth brand of politics set the stage for the 21st century. It’s inexplicable but it’s intentional. One thing that struck me in the movie was how proud not just Roger Stone but Brad Blakeman were of their strategy in Florida, which at one point included using physical intimidation to shut down a democratic process. These obscure people that don’t exist anywhere else in American politics now have their thumbs on the scale directly impacting the outcome of a national election. This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity. What surprised you the most in going back and revisiting this episode?I like to say that Florida rarely shocks me and often disappoints me. Election day is the last day of voting.

Florida fuckery is our greatest export here in the state of Florida. You see all kinds of things at the airport. This political fumbling was prelude to the notoriously close Election Night less than a year later when it was too close to call and an automatic recount went into effect. 2020 election, Al Gore, Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Joe Biden. That’s certainly enough to sway an entire election. Labeling people communists and socialists. Our assistant at the time was born in 1990. I think it’s clear he is fucking haunted by this. We are a blue county that Hillary won with 60 percent where almost every single mayor in the county, in the municipalities, is a Republican. When you see him looking down and looking away, he gets very pensive — this is like PTSD. An Ongoing Investigation, First ‘Mank’ Reactions: What Folks Are Saying About David Fincher’s Netflix Movie, ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 Premiere Review: No Spoilers, But Those Western Sci-Fi Tropes Still Work, ‘Freaky’ Review: Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton Are Outstanding In This Bloody, Body-Swapping Blast, 13 Great Horror Movies to Watch on Halloween That Aren’t ‘Halloween’. Consider Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who was one of the army of Republican lawyers deployed to Florida two decades ago. Early Turnout Is Huge. What did that say about our country at the time beyond how stale most of its late-night political comedy was? It nearly went to Christmas in 2000. Were Those ‘Mandalorian’ Season 2 Casting Rumors True?

But the people involved are usually dressed.

I describe this documentary as easy to watch and tough to digest. That they’d mounted their own Brooks Brothers riot like the Bush team did?Not overtly.

We’re living in the fallout of 2000, but pre-2000 in the movie isn’t defined by much beyond the economic boom of the 1990s, which is nice, but doesn’t say much about the politics of the time and how the slash-and-burn ethos of politicians like Newt Gingrich precipitated the Republican actions in Florida.

On social media, I’m always espousing and perpetuating the idea that local elections are important. And if you don’t like that, then you’re just a sore loser. This election was stolen right out from under them. The victims in this story aren’t the uncounted Americans; it’s the political party that brought in out-of-town operatives to pretend like they were some oppressed minority. Want more Rolling Stone? The 2020 election has the potential to be Bush v. Gore on steroids. But also an instant melancholy because the present is epilogue. He could’ve been the attorney general.

I can imagine people on the Republican and Democratic side saying they didn’t want to revisit this nightmarish moment in our history. Corben’s biting documentary works best when it takes a macro-view of opportunistic politics. “We are living in the post-apocalyptic world of the 2000 presidential election,” Corben tells Rolling Stone. He was in the courts physically doing his best. A new documentary takes us back to the 2000 election’s insanity, with eerie parallels and urgent lessons for 2020. But now looking back at that election, it’s clear that we’re still living with its fallout. Fresh Prince.

Miami is America’s canary in the coal mine. COLLIDER participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means COLLIDER gets paid commissions on purchases made through our links to retailer sites. It’s a heist movie. I get the sense that every step of the way he was the lone voice in the room advocating for a more aggressive approach.


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