Trump admits he DIDN'T win the election but says it was rigged

Trump admits he DIDN’T win the election but says it was ‘rigged by Iran, China and Russia’ in talk with panel of historians

  • The former president made a curious reference in passing: ‘when I didn’t win the election,’ he said
  • He has since 2020 claimed that he actually won but the election was stolen
  • He also admitted to the panel that he would sometimes retweet people he shouldn’t have, according to one of the historians 
  • Trump said that South Korea, China Iran and Russia were happy to see Biden take office 

Former President Trump admitted to a panel of historians that he ‘didn’t win the election’ on Tuesday, telling them that a whole host of U.S. foes were ‘happiest’ to see Biden come to office. 

Trump, speaking to a panel of historians last summer convened by Julian Zelizer, a Princeton professor and editor of The Presidency of Donald Trump: A First Historical Assessment, the former president made a curious reference in passing: ‘when I didn’t win the election,’ he said. He has since 2020 claimed that he actually won but the election was stolen from him.  

He also admitted to the panel that he would sometimes retweet people he shouldn’t have, according to Zelizer’s retelling in The Atlantic. 

He also said that South Korea’s Moon Jae In was one of the happiest world leaders to see Biden take office because he’d reached a deal to get South Korea to pay more for their own defense. That deal was wiped out once Biden took office, after the 2020 election was ‘rigged and lost,’ Trump said. 

Trump admitted to a panel of historians that he ‘didn’t win the election’ on Tuesday, telling them that a whole host of U.S. foes were ‘happiest’ to see Biden come to office

He added that Iran, China and Russia were also happy to see Biden take office. 

‘By not winning the election,’ Trump said, ‘[Moon] was the happiest man – I would say, in order, China was – no, Iran was the happiest.

‘[Moon] was going to pay $5bn, $5bn a year. But when I didn’t win the election, he had to be the happiest – I would rate, probably, South Korea third- or fourth-happiest.’

‘Nobody was tougher on Russia than me,’ he added. 

According to Zelizer, it was the Trump team who reached out to her to set up the interview last summer in order to help shape the narrative about the former president she and other historians presented in their book. 

He also said that South Korea’s Moon Jae In, above, was one of the happiest world leaders to see Biden take office because he’d reached a deal to get South Korea to pay more for their own defense

‘By not winning the election,’ Trump said, ‘[Moon] was the happiest man – I would say, in order, China was – no, Iran was the happiest. Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is pictured above 

According to Axios, Trump conducted conversations with 22 authors, mostly journalists, who were writing books about his presidency.  

Trump sucked up to the group of historians, calling them ‘a tremendous group of people, and I think rather than being critical I’d like to have you hear me out, which is what we’re doing now, and I appreciate it’. 

Zelizer said that Trump closed out the hour-long Zoom conversation by ‘peddling the case that he was not a failed one-term president, like Herbert Hoover or Jimmy Carter, but someone who had victory stolen from him.’

Trump insisted that the Jan. 6 Capitol riot started as a ‘peaceful rally’ that was ‘full of love’ and people who believed the election had been stolen. He claimed that he had made a ‘very modest,’ ‘very peaceful’ and ‘presidential’ speech at the Save America rally. He claimed that groups of left-wing Antifa and Black Lives Matter activists had ‘infiltrated’ the rally and were not stopped by Capitol Police, when ‘bad things happened.’ 

A few days after meeting with the historians, in July 2021, Trump put out a statement: ‘It seems to me that meeting with authors of the ridiculous number of books being written about my very successful administration, or me, is a total waste of time.’ 

‘These writers are often bad people who write whatever comes to their mind or fits their agenda. It has nothing to do with facts or reality.’ 

Trump’s remarks on losing came eight months after Jan. 6. While he has consistently insisted that the election was stolen from him, Trump has at times slipped up and admitted that he ‘didn’t win’ the election.

In June, he told Fox News’s Sean Hannity that he ‘didn’t win.’

‘Shockingly, we were supposed to win easily at 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.’

And in December, Trump remarked that the wall at the southern border would be completed by now ‘had we won the election.’ 

But the comments are likely a momentary slip-up in phrasing rather than a change in heart.

‘The presidential election was rigged and stolen, and because of that our country is being destroyed,’ Trump said at a Michigan rally last week. ‘We did win. We did win. … We won by a lot, not just a little.’

According to a UMass-Amherst poll from December, three-quarters of Republicans doubt that Biden’s 2020 electoral victory was legitimate. 

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