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John Rich challenges writer to $10k election outcome bet for charity, including Folds of Honor

John Rich, country musician with Big and Rich, performs at a concert at Fort Campbell, Ky., May 16, 2014. (Sgt. Duncan Brennan/U.S. Army)
December 09, 2020

John Rich of the country duo Big and Rich challenged Nashville Scene writer Adam Gold to a $10,000 bet for charity on who will be sworn in as President of the United States on January 20.

On Tuesday, Gold posted an image showing the Supreme Court’s denial of the Trump campaign’s application for injunctive relief on Twitter, coupled with a caption taunting the country star that said, “Still feeling good about your SCOTUS prediction, Nostradumbass?”

Rich responded to Gold with a challenge: they must each put $10,000 into an escrow account and depending on who wins, the other will donate the money to the charity of the winner’s choice.

“VERY confident! Let’s make our bet official. We both put 10k into an escrow account and if Biden is sworn in as POTUS, I lose my 10k, but you have to DONATE it to [Folds of Honor],” Rich tweeted. “If Trump wins, I’ll donate your 10k to a charity of your choice. Deal?”

Gold quickly responded to Rich’s challenge, tweeting, “Deal. It’s on.”

Rich’s chosen charity, Folds of Honor, provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen or disabled service members. Gold has not yet revealed his charity of choice.

Since Election Day, multiple lawsuits have been filed alleging voter fraud and suppression, as well as illegal changes to the voting process.

The latest came from the State of Texas as Attorney General Ken Paxton announced he filed lawsuits against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin with the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday. The lawsuits allege the four states ignored federal and state election laws and enacted what he described as “unconstitutional” last-minute changes to their election rules, which he argues skewed the 2020 election results.

In a statement announcing the lawsuits, Paxton’s office said, “The battleground states flooded their people with unlawful ballot applications and ballots while ignoring statutory requirements as to how they were received, evaluated and counted.”

Paxton continued, “By ignoring both state and federal law, these states have not only tainted the integrity of their own citizens’ vote, but of Texas and every other state that held lawful elections. Their failure to abide by the rule of law casts a dark shadow of doubt over the outcome of the entire election. We now ask that the Supreme Court step in to correct this egregious error.”