How Trump ignores advisors, spreads election lies

That summary of the January 6 Committee of the House of Representatives documents how former President Donald Trump was repeatedly warned by his closest confidants – cabinet members, campaign officials and even family members – that claims that he lost his re-election due to fraud were false. But Trump spread those lies anyway.

“It wasn’t him hearing that from Joe Biden’s spokesman on MSNBC,” David Becker, co-author of The Big Truth, a book about the damage of Trump’s election lies, said in an interview.

Trumps lying about his loss in which Presidential Election 2020 sparked the January 6 attack on the US Capitol and helped raise millions of dollars in donations for the former President. Here are details showing he was told the truth about his loss and chose to lie about it instead.


The Jan. 6 committee made it clear that Trump had long had intentions of claiming victory, whether he actually won or not. His allies bragged about how they could try to fool the public into making it look like he won re-election. It cites the October 2020 correspondence from conservative group Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton to the White House, in which Fitton urged Trump to say after polling stations were closed, “We had an election. I have won.”

The committee also obtained a recording of Trump adviser Steve Bannon telling staff the week before the election, “What Trump is going to do is just declare victory, right? He will announce victory. But that doesn’t mean he’s a winner. He’ll just say he’s a winner.”

Trump had spent months demonizing mail-in voting, which has grown in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The then-president also insisted that he would only lose the election through massive voter fraud. When Trump declared victory early the day after Election Day, he took advantage of a vote-counting quirk in which personal votes leaning toward the GOP were counted first, giving him a temporary lead. He demanded that local election officials stop counting pending ballots, leading to democratic tendencies.

“President Trump’s decision to falsely declare victory on election night and unlawfully call for the end of the counting of votes was not a spontaneous decision,” the committee wrote in the summary of its report. “It was premeditated.”


On November 7, when those outstanding Democratic votes were tallied and most news organizations had declared the race for Joe Biden, Trump’s own campaign knew he had lost.

“The group that went there outlined my beliefs and my chances of success at that point,” his campaign manager, Bill Stepien, testified before the committee. “And then we set that at 5, maybe 10 percent based on recounts.”

Stepien added that Trump believed him: “He was quite realistic with our view, consistent with our view of the prediction and the slope we thought he was.”

Despite this, Trump continued to insist that he had won. His legal team largely left the case and was replaced by former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and trial attorney Sidney Powell, who began making money wild allegations of fraudto the dismay of White House attorneys, who warned Trump they were wrong.

The president seized a development in a rural, conservative Michigan county where voting machines had initially underestimated his profit margin. Human error turned out to be the cause. When the paper ballots were counted and returned through the machine, they were counted correctly.

Trump knew that, the committee says, because Attorney General William Barr informed him of this on December 1, 2020. Barr testified that he notified the President that the paper election count matched the final results. But the next day, in a speech, Trump said, “For example, in one county in Michigan that was using Dominion systems, they found that nearly 6,000 votes had been mistakenly switched from Trump to Biden, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.” .”

Barr and others in the administration kept telling Trump that there was nothing suspicious in Michigan or at Dominion, a large provider of voting machines. Barr and Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen told Trump there were no apparent problems, and even Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien debunked a wild conspiracy theory that Dominion was linked to hostile foreign governments. But, the committee said, between November 2020 and January 6, 2021, Trump tweeted almost three dozen times about Dominion.


Trump also fueled other conspiracy theories, despite being told they were false. He claimed more than 5,000 dead voted in Georgia, a state he lost by more than 11,000 votes. But Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, corrected him during a Jan. 2 phone call, saying local election officials had researched the issue and cross-referenced obituaries and other data.

“Actually, there were two,” Raffensperger told the President. “Two. Two dead who voted. So that’s wrong.”

Four days later, during his speech at the January 6 rally before his supporters stormed the Capitol, Trump declared, “Over 10,300 ballots in Georgia were cast by individuals whose names and dates of birth matched Georgia residents who died in 2020 and before Choice.”

Raffensperger also corrected other Trump claims about Georgia, including that 18,325 voters were registered at vacant addresses and that 4,925 voters from out of state cast their ballots there. But Trump repeated them in the run-up to Jan. 6 and during his rally.

Trump released more bad numbers after being told they were wrong.

“The president then went on, there are ‘more votes than voters,'” Richard Donoghue told the committee of a conversation with Trump on Dec. 27, 2020, when Donoghue was the acting assistant attorney general. Donoghue said he told the president he was comparing 2016 voter registration to 2020 election numbers, which was inaccurate because more people were registered to vote during Trump’s re-election year. He later specifically warned against using a Pennsylvania number.

But on the Jan. 6 Ellipse, Trump declared, “In Pennsylvania, you had 205,000 more votes than voters.”


Trump also claimed baseless poll worker committed fraud despite warnings from his own law enforcement officers that they were doing nothing wrong. Rosen told the committee about a Dec. 15 conversation in which Trump asked for a video that allegedly showed poll workers in Georgia receiving a suitcase of ballots.

“We said, ‘That wasn’t a suitcase. It was a ton. That’s what they use when counting the ballots,’” Rosen recalled. “It’s benign.”

A week later, the report said, Trump stated, “There is even security camera footage from Georgia showing officials asking poll watchers to leave the room before pulling suitcases of ballots out from under the tables and counting for hours.”

Trump complained to Raffensperger during the Jan. 2 call about alleged misconduct by poll workers in the surveillance camera footage. Raffensperger warned the President against admission.

“I find it extremely unfortunate that Rudy Giuliani or his people dismembered this video and took it out of context,” the Secretary of State told Trump.

Raffensperger offered to send Trump a link from a local TV station debunking the lies. “I don’t need a link,” Trump replied.

The next day, he complained that Raffensperger was “unwilling or unable to answer issues such as the ‘under the table ballots’ fraud, ballot destruction, ‘voters out of state’, dead voters and more.” respond. He has no idea!”

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