Multiple Trump Associates Discussed Plan To Declare 2020 Victory Before Votes Were Counted

by | Oct 13, 2022 | Politics

The House Jan. 6 committee on Thursday shared evidence that showed close advisers to Donald Trump called for him to declare victory on Election Day 2020, even before votes had been fully counted, as part of a strategy to claim victory no matter what happened. Trump ultimately did just that, saying in a nighttime speech at the White House after polls closed, “Frankly, we did win this election.” AdvertisementThat pronouncement, and Trump’s call for his supporters to descend on Washington, D.C., ultimately led to the insurrection attempt on Jan. 6, 2021. But days before the election, committee member Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said Trump advisers laid out the plan in writing and on tape. One draft Election Day statement for Trump, which Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton sent to White House aides on Oct. 31, 2020, read: “We had an election today ― and I won.” The draft statement uses the term “Election Day deadline,” even though no such deadline exists, in an apparent attempt to lend credence to the effort not to count millions of ballots. Advertisement“The ballots counted by the Election Day deadline show the American people have bestowed on me the great honor of reelection to President of the United States,” the draft statement from Fitton read. Fitton wrote again to White House aide Molly Michael after 5 p.m. on Election Day, claiming he’d “just talked to him about the draft below,” an apparent reference to Trump. The plan to simply declare victory before the actual election results were known was apparently circulating within the White House: Greg Jacob, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief counsel, testified that he heard from Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, that “there was a possibility that there would be a declaration of victory within the WH that some had pushed for, and this was prior to the election results being known.” Campaign mana …

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