Former President Donald Trump reportedly told his aides in the times after his 2020 defeat that he wouldn’t depart the White House, defiantly insisting, “I’m just not going to go away,” CNN reported Monday, citing an upcoming book from reporter Maggie Haberman.
“We’re never leaving,” Trump reportedly told one other aide, in line with the Recent York Times journalist’s book, “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.” “How will you leave whenever you won an election?”
Trump’s apparent refusal to depart was later placed on display on Jan. 6, 2021, when he told his supporters that he wouldn’t concede since the election had been “rigged” and “stolen” from him.
Then-President Donald Trump speaks to supporters near the White House on January 6, 2021, during a rally that was fueled by his spurious claims of voter fraud.
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“We’ll never hand over, we are going to never concede. It doesn’t occur. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved,” he told his supporters that day, while falsely claiming that Vice President Mike Pence could stop Congress from certifying the election’s results.
His supporters later stormed the Capitol constructing, leading to multiple deaths, widespread injuries and destruction.
Haberman won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for her reporting with The Recent York Times on Trump’s advisers and their connections with Russia’s interference within the 2016 presidential election. Her recent book is slated for release early next month.
The book reportedly also states that Trump appeared to just accept his defeat to President Joe Biden immediately after the November 3 election, in line with comments he made to his aides, documented by Haberman.
Trump supporters stand on a U.S. Capitol Police armored vehicle as others take over the steps of the Capitol through the Jan. 6, 2021 rally.
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At a press conference later that month, he publicly contested the election’s results but told reporters that he would depart the White House in January.
“Definitely I’ll. … Definitely I’ll, and that,” he said when asked.
Nearly two years after his 2020 defeat, Trump has continued to contest the election’s results, late last month insisting that he must be declared the rightful winner.
To today, there was no evidence found of widespread election fraud ― something even Trump’s former Attorney General William Barr has repeatedly noted.