Trump hammered home his ‘lies’ about 2020 election despite warnings from loyalists

After a year of investigation, elected officials delivered a detailed account on Monday of the maneuvers of former Republican President Donald Trump between the evening of the presidential election and the assault on Capitol Hill.

His justice minister, a slew of advisers and even his own daughter…a parliamentary committee on Monday provided a disturbing timeline of how Donald Trump tried to hold on to power after his 2020 presidential defeat. assuring that the election had been “stolen” from him, despite the repeated denials of his closest followers.

“Even before the election, Donald Trump had decided that, regardless of the facts and the truth, if he lost the election, he would claim that it was rigged,” said Zoe Lofgren, elected Democrat member of this commission. seeking to shed light on the responsibility of the Republican billionaire in the attack on the United States Congress by his supporters, on January 6, 2021.

“Honestly, we won the election”

A few hours after the polls closed on November 3, 2020, Joe Biden and Donald Trump are neck and neck. “It was becoming clear that the election would not be decided that night,” said Ivanka Trump, the former president’s daughter and at the time one of his closest advisers, in testimony broadcast Monday by the Commission.

However, shortly before 2:30 a.m., Donald Trump appears in front of American television from the living rooms of the White House. “Honestly, we won the election,” he says, despite the count still in progress.

The president “was more and more angry”

“It was far too early to make this kind of decision,” said Bill Stepien, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, before this group of elected officials. One of the only ones to encourage the president in his approach that evening? His personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who according to one of the president’s advisers testifying before the commission, was “clearly intoxicated”.

On November 7, 2020, just before 11:30 a.m., Joe Biden was declared the winner. That same day, Donald Trump’s campaign manager attended a meeting with the outgoing president. “We told him what we thought was his chance of winning at this stage (…), that there was maybe a 5 or 10% chance” that he would win, details Bill Stepien.

The president “was more and more angry”, says Bill Stepien. The leader then decides to change his teams to surround himself with people who support him in his crusade.

On November 23, Justice Minister Bill Barr visits the White House. “It was a bit embarrassing,” says the minister in a video broadcast on Monday by the commission. On several occasions, he said, the two men together examined alleged election fraud advanced by Donald Trump. “Nonsense” expressed by a man “detached from reality”, estimates the Minister of Justice who will resign on December 14.

A man “detached from reality”

In the month that will follow, Donald Trump and his entourage will continue to convey “these lies” about electoral fraud to collect donations, argued the commission. Flooding her supporters with dozens of emails a day, her campaign team will raise $250 million between Election Day and Jan. 6, 2021, she revealed.

“The big lie was also a big scam”, lambasted the elected official Zoe Lofgren, known for having worked on the impeachments before Congress of three presidents: Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton… and Donald Trump

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