According to people familiar with the conversations, Trump admitted to some allies that he admitted the electoral math would not work in his favor, but insisted that a court battle dragged on and words The rhetoric of electoral fraud will raise enough suspicion to allow him to refuse. accept the results.
Two campaign advisers and a source close to the President said Trump would exhaust his legal pathways to counter the outcome in a number of key battlefield states before making any compromise considerations. Come on.
“He is in combat mode,”; said a source close to the President. “He thinks fighting is in his favor.”
While the reality of Trump’s imminent loss has left many people close to the campaign, others are advising the President to continue fighting the results and investigating allegations of fraud.
Biden’s campaign has shown little concern over the prospect of Trump clinging to power.
“As we said on July 19, the American people will decide this election. And the US government is fully capable of escorting intruders out of the White House,” campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement.
Trump’s campaign released a statement on Friday morning stating that they would refuse to give in to the election, calling any prediction about Biden as a winner “wrong” and the race “longer. long time until the final “
“This election is not over,” Trump’s campaign general adviser Matt Morgan said in a statement.
However, some of the President’s allies have become concerned that someone will eventually have to calculate with him that his time in office may be coming to an end. It is a possibility that the President did not seriously consider the election, even though polls show he has only one narrow path to victory, believing that looking back on Election Day just passing is an unlucky thing.
The delicate issue of losing – and the potential post-presidential life – is not widely discussed in his team and is not raised often with the President, who firmly believes he will win.
Trump spent the bulk of the campaign declaring Biden the worst presidential candidate in history – and arguing that losing him will make you less humiliating.
“Losing is never easy,” he said at his campaign headquarters on Election Day. “Not for me, not for it.”
Now, the people around Trump are working to determine who can clearly convey the truth to him. There have been talks of the possibility of Jared Kushner or Ivanka Trump, though they are willing to make a difficult intervention that is not clear.
One idea being put in place is to frame potential conversations with Trump around the idea of preserving his brand for life after being president – and explaining that extending an election he does Losing would obviously destroy his business and hinder any political future he hopes for.
Before the election, Trump raised the prospect of running for re-election in 2024 if he lost, albeit as a joke. Even with the potential to lose, Trump still won more votes than he did in 2016, and his future role as a Republican king seems assured – though some worry. fear that a terrible and prolonged failure might damage his position.
Trump has spent the days since the White House election, angrily calling allies and demanding more people come out to protect him. He complained that his legal team was not well prepared to wage an effective battle in the courts, according to one person who spoke to him.
He appeared suppressed in an evening statement from the White House on Thursday and left the room without responding because of his false claims about voter fraud.
During meetings with his team at the Oval Office and the White House mansion, Trump asked why so many Republicans did not show up to accuse irregular voters or make similar statements he made. out on counting votes after Election Day.
He also pressed them to arrange a public statement, something he has been wanting to do since Wednesday. The aides succeeded in stopping, believing that whatever the President said would spoil his position and make matters worse.
But after Biden spoke from near his home in Wilmington, Delaware, on Thursday afternoon, Trump insisted a statement would be added for him to detail his legal case.
Then some advisers said performance was exactly what they hoped to avoid.
CNN’s Jamie Gangel and Jeremy Diamond contributed to this report.