“I did not win the election”, Trump, who has repeatedly rejected of President Joe Biden victory, said in July speaking to a panel of historians convened by Julian Zelizer, a professor at Princeton and editor of “The Presidency of Donald Asset: A first historical assessment.
However, Trump also incorrectly said the vote was “rigged and wasted”, adding that Iran, China and South Korea were happy to see Biden in the office.
The comments came eight months after the election and six months after the January 6, 2021 riot on Capitol Hill by Trump supporters seeking to overturn his defeat.
“The presidential election was rigged and stolen, and because of that, our country is being destroyed,” Trump said. said at a rally in Michigan just last week. ” We won. We won. … We won a lot, not just a little.
Trump has repeatedly made the request that there were fraudulent votes in states such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Georgia that would change the outcome of the election. Experts and election officials have found no evidence to support these claims.
Attorney General at the time William Barr dismissed Trump’s claims in December 2020, saying the Justice Department had not uncovered any widespread voter fraud.
trump sometimes seemed to admit to lose the election. In June, he told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he “didn’t win.”
“Amazingly, we were supposed to win easily with 64 million votes, and we got 75 million votes, and we didn’t win,” Trump said in a phone interview. “But let’s see what happens on that.”
His first apparent acceptance of defeat was on January 7, 2021, the day after the Capitol Riot, when he acknowledged that Biden would take office on inauguration day.
In December, he also makes the comment of “if we had won the election” in an interview, leading some to wonder if he was actually admitting defeat.
But many of Trump’s Republican allies in Congress, including Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio), Jim Banks (Ind.), Paul Gosar (Arizona) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), continued to embrace the false narrative on irregularities at the ballot box.
A large majority of Republican voters agree with trump’s claims that the election was stolen, according to the polls. A December poll by the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that only 21% of voting-age Republicans think Biden won the election legitimately.
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