Amid Fevered Ranting, Donald Trump Admits He Lost 2020 Election
Donald Trump has been building a defense around the idea that he did not lose the 2020 election. His actions
Donald Trump has been building a defense around the idea that he did not lose the 2020 election.
His actions on January 6, 2021, are only defensible if he genuinely believed the election was stolen and that he is the rightful President – and he wasn’t attempting insurrection, merely trying to safeguard the election process. Of course, there’s no sign that the 2020 election was “rigged,” “stolen,” or anything other than above-board and valid.
But Trump has been saying for years that he won in 2020, and his actions have been justified on that premise.
However, amid a fevered rant about the legal peril he’s facing in New York this week, Trump seemingly admitted that he lost the 2020 election.
That admission could have implications for his legal peril in other investigations.
Donald Trump Admits He Lost in 2020?
Trump bases so much of his defense around the idea that he “genuinely believes” that he won the 2020 election.
He can’t admit, even for a moment, that he lost, because that would dissolve every defense he’s built around the idea that he’s simply defending an election that was mishandled.
If he admits he lost, the Department of Justice has to include in their investigation the fact that he knew he lost – and went to the Capitol to compel followers to riot against an election he knew was lawful.
But Trump seems to have admitted exactly that.
Trump wrote on Truth Social amid his fevered rants about the misconduct of the New York investigation, “How can a highly controversial, George Soros backed District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, who presides over one of the most crime ridden, violent, and dangerous Cities in the U.S., with no retribution toward these heinous criminals, bring charges against the 45th, and quite possibly the 47th, President of the United States, who received more votes than any sitting President in history, over 75,000,000, and who is currently leading all candidates, by a lot, when there is NO CRIME OF ANY KIND???”
If Trump won in 2020, he would still be the 45th – and Biden would not be the 46th President.
It’s a minor detail, one Trump probably didn’t consider when writing the post.
But it’s a damning revelation that he knows he lost, and he knows that Biden is the rightful 46th President.
The Department of Justice is almost certainly taking note.
Trump’s Fevered Rants Are Back About the Manhattan Investigation
For awhile there, it seemed like Trump was confident he was exonerated. The grand jury investigating the alleged illegally paid hush money in Manhattan interviewed one final witness on Monday, although now it appears they may be speaking to one additional person.
That final witness was Robert Costello, former legal advisor to Michael Cohen.
Michael Cohen is a former lawyer to Donald Trump – and much of the Stormy Daniels “hush money” case is built around what he says Trump knew, what he did, and what laws he may have broken.
Costello was said to testify in a way that would refute much of what Cohen said, so Trump seemed to think he was off the hook.
He went from days of screaming about the corruption in Manhattan, to crowing about being exonerated.
However, the ranting is back as it seems clear that Costello’s testimony did not in fact clear the former POTUS.
If anything, it raised more serious questions the grand jury seems bent on gather information on.
So now that the former POTUS is back under the crosshairs, as he sees it, the rants are back.
Trump posted on Truth Social yesterday, “Reports, and almost everybody, says, even after in-depth legal study and review, that there was NO CRIME, NO AFFAIR, NO BOOKKEEPING ERROR OR MISDEMEANOR, NO ‘NOTHING,’ OTHER THAN NOW PROVEN LIES BY MICHAEL COHEN, A CONVICTED FELON AND PERJURER, AND THE STRONG LIKELIHOOD OF AN EXTORTION PLOT AGAINST ME. So, after getting CRUSHED yesterday by Cohen’s highly respected attorney, with the case against me FULLY DISPROVEN, why is the D.A. searching for yet another ‘witness?’ TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME!”
Trump also wrote that, “Every article I read, every show I watch, even the so-called Haters say that ‘President Trump did nothing wrong, there IS NO CRIME HERE!’ As Biden would say, ‘No, I mean it, I’m not kidding.’ The Crime would be if I get charged!!!”
Even a brief search of news articles, among both pro-Trump and anti-Trump sites, shows that to be simply untrue.
The greater question is what crimes Trump could be charged with. Due to the fact that state prosecutors are handling the investigation, bookkeeping fraud is high on the list. The alleged fraud and finance violations occurred as part of a federal election campaign – which could potentially be out of the jurisdiction of the NY DA. But there are still felony charges Trump could face.
The New York Times explains, “The public understanding of Mr. Bragg’s theory of the case remains murky and incomplete. The district attorney’s office has reportedly weighed invoking alleged campaign-finance violations as that intended second crime, which could raise complications. Among other things, presidential elections are governed by federal law, and it is not clear whether Mr. Bragg has found a theory by which a state campaign law covered Mr. Trump’s actions, or if a state prosecutor can cite a law over which he lacks jurisdiction. It remains possible that Mr. Bragg has obtained nonpublic evidence of some other intended offense, like if there was any initial intention to deduct the payments as a business expense on state tax returns.”
A felony conviction for bookkeeping fraud carries a sentence of up to four years in prison.
With the investigation still hot and heavy, Trump is clearly back in panic mode – and with good reason. If the grand jury wraps up today or Friday, an indictment will likely soon follow. While it’s not guaranteed that Trump will be indicted – DA Alvin Bragg may still opt not to indict him – most signs point to the likelihood that he will be indicted, and very soon.