Former President Donald Trump reportedly told his aides in the days following his 2020 defeat that he would not leave the White House, insisting, “I’m just not going to leave,” CNN told Monday, citing an upcoming book by reporter Maggie Haberman.
According to the New York Times journalist’s book “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America,” Trump reportedly told another aide, “We’re never leaving.” “How can you leave when you win the election?”
Trump’s blatant denial was later demonstrated on January 6, 2021, when he told his supporters he would not accept because the election was “rigged” and “stolen”.
“We’ll never give up, we’ll never give up. It doesn’t happen. You don’t admit when theft is involved,” he told his supporters That day, falsely claiming that Vice President Mike Pence could block Congress from certifying the results of the election.
His supporters later stormed the Capitol building, resulting in many deaths, extensive injuries and destruction.
haberman won the Pulitzer Prize For his reporting with The New York Times on Trump’s advisers in 2018 and his relationship with Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. her new book To be released early next month.
The book reportedly also states that Trump accepted his defeat from President Joe Biden shortly after the November 3 election, according to comments made to his aides, documented by Haberman.
At a news conference later that month, he publicly protested the election results but told reporters he would leave the White House in January.
“Of course I will. … Surely I will, and you know it,” he asked.
Nearly two years after his 2020 defeat, Trump continued to contest the results of the election late last month, insisting that he should be declared the rightful winner.
To date, no evidence of widespread election fraud has been found – even Trump’s former Attorney General William Barr. repeatedly noted,