Blog Briefing Room

Trump gets attention for saying he lost election

Former President Trump is raising eyebrows after he seemingly admitted to losing the 2020 presidential election in a video published by The Atlantic on Monday.

“I didn’t win the election,” Trump, who has repeatedly rejected President Biden’s victory, said while speaking in July to a panel of historians convened by Julian Zelizer, a Princeton professor and editor of “The Presidency of Donald Trump: A First Historical Assessment.”

However, Trump falsely also said the vote was “rigged and lost,” adding that Iran, China and South Korea were happy to see Biden in office.

The comments came eight months after the election and six months after the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol by Trump supporters who sought to overturn his defeat.

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

Trump has repeatedly made the claim that there were fraudulent votes in states such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Georgia that would change the outcome of the election. Experts and elections officials have found no evidence to support such allegations.

Then-Attorney General William Barr rejected Trump’s claims in December 2020, saying that the Department of Justice hadn’t uncovered any widespread voter fraud.

Trump at times has appeared to admit to losing 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.”

His first apparent acceptance of defeat was on Jan. 7, 2021, the day after the Capitol riot, when he acknowledged that Biden would take office on Inauguration Day.

In December, he also made the comment of “if we had won the election” in an interview, making some 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 (Ariz.), and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), have continued to embrace the false narrative about irregularities at the polls.

A vast majority of Republican voters agree with Trump’s claims that the election was stolen, according to surveys. A December poll conducted by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst found that only 21 percent of voting-age Republicans believe Biden won the election legitimately.

Tags 2020 2020 election 2020 presidential election Capitol breach Capitol insurrection Donald Trump Donald Trump election 2020 Jan. 6 Capitol attack Jan. 6 capitol riot Joe Biden Joe Biden Sean Hannity The Atlantic trump white house William Barr

Copyright 2023 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Regular the hill posts

People – Image widget – Person – Main Area Top

File - A Chevrolet Bolt is displayed at the Philadelphia Auto Show, Jan. 27, 2023, in Philadelphia. Electric vehicles are far less reliable than gasoline-powered cars, trucks and SUVs, mainly because most automakers are still learning how to build a completely new power system, according to this year's auto reliability survey by Consumer Reports.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
File - A Chevrolet Bolt is displayed at the Philadelphia Auto Show, Jan. 27, 2023, in Philadelphia. Electric vehicles are far less reliable than gasoline-powered cars, trucks and SUVs, mainly because most automakers are still learning how to build a completely new power system, according to this year's auto reliability survey by Consumer Reports.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

QAT WC-2613

People – Image – Person

In this photo released by the Governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev telegram channel, a rescuer gestures as he helps people during an evacuation after storm and flooding in Sevastopol, Crimea, Monday, Nov. 27, 2023. A storm in the Black Sea took down power grids and left almost half a million people without power after it flooded roads, ripped up trees and damaged buildings in Crimea, Russian state news agency Tass said. (Governor of Sevastopol Mikhail Razvozhayev's telegram channel via AP)
In this photo released by the Governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev telegram channel, a rescuer gestures as he helps people during an evacuation after storm and flooding in Sevastopol, Crimea, Monday, Nov. 27, 2023. A storm in the Black Sea took down power grids and left almost half a million people without power after it flooded roads, ripped up trees and damaged buildings in Crimea, Russian state news agency Tass said. (Governor of Sevastopol Mikhail Razvozhayev's telegram channel via AP)

People - Video Bin - Person

The White House is pushing 'Bidenomics,' but what does it mean?

The White House is pushing 'Bidenomics,' but what ...
DC Bureau: AI Legal Immunity (raquel)
KXAN: special session
DC Bureau: Biden economic display (basil)
KTXL: ca budget folo
WHTM: good gov bills
More Videos

Main area middle

See all Hill.TV See all Video

main area bottom custom html

MAIN Area bottom

People – Custom HTML – Person

MAIN AREA BOTTOM

People - Article Bin - 7 Headline List with Featured Image - Person

Main area bottom

Top Stories

See All

Most Popular

Load more