Former President Donald Trump reportedly instructed his aides within the days after his 2020 defeat that he wouldn’t depart the White Home, defiantly insisting, “I’m simply not going to depart,” CNN reported Monday, citing an upcoming e-book from reporter Maggie Haberman.
“We’re by no means leaving,” Trump reportedly instructed one other aide, based on the New York Occasions journalist’s e-book, “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.” “How will you depart while you received an election?”
Trump’s obvious refusal to depart was later placed on show on Jan. 6, 2021, when he instructed his supporters that he wouldn’t concede as a result of the election had been “rigged” and “stolen” from him.
“We are going to by no means hand over, we are going to by no means concede. It doesn’t occur. You don’t concede when there’s theft concerned,” he told his supporters that day, whereas falsely claiming that Vice President Mike Pence may cease Congress from certifying the election’s outcomes.
His supporters later stormed the Capitol constructing, leading to a number of deaths, widespread accidents and destruction.
Haberman won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for her reporting with The New York Occasions on Trump’s advisers and their connections with Russia’s interference within the 2016 presidential election. Her new book is slated for launch early subsequent month.
The e-book reportedly additionally states that Trump appeared to simply accept his defeat to President Joe Biden instantly after the November 3 election, based on feedback he made to his aides, documented by Haberman.
At a press convention later that month, he publicly contested the election’s outcomes however instructed reporters that he would depart the White Home in January.
“Definitely I’ll. … Definitely I’ll, and that,” he said when asked.
Practically two years after his 2020 defeat, Trump has continued to contest the election’s outcomes, late final month insisting that he ought to be declared the rightful winner.
To this present day, there was no proof discovered of widespread election fraud ― one thing even Trump’s former Lawyer Basic William Barr has repeatedly noted.