Trump's advisers are urging him to prepare for defeat: report

Trump's advisers are urging him to prepare for defeat: report
David Cay Johnston
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President Donald Trump claims he still has a pathway to victory but the Electoral Map says otherwise. Now many of his advisers are reportedly urging him to accept the strong possibility of a defeat to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, according to the Washington Post.

Publicly, Trump may be waging war on the Democratic Party with hopes of launching legal battles to contest election results in multiple states. In fact, many of his allies and White House advisors are also defending his stance publicly. But, behind closed doors, advisors have attempted to discuss the possibility of defeat.

In fact, on Friday, advisors close to the president "are advocating that, if Biden is declared the winner of the presidential election, Trump will ultimately offer public remarks in which he commits to a peaceful transition of power, according to allies and Republican officials, who like others on Friday spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions."

Despite the presidency slipping away, one senior campaign aide made it clear that Trump has no intention of conceding. The latest developments come just days after Trump was condemned by political leaders on both sides of the aisle for his attempts to discredit the election outcome.

After his angry White House press conference on Thursday evening, Trump repeatedly spewed misinformation about mail-in ballots, vote counting, and the election results in multiple key swing states. Shortly after, the president's aides "persuaded the president on Friday to release a more measured statement about the unfolding vote counting and to refrain from any public appearances."

It has also been reported that the president's allies and aides remain divided on how to move forward given the recent developments. In fact, it has also been revealed that Trump's adult children are more upset about the outcome than he appears to be.

The publication reports:

One ally who spoke to the president on Thursday said that Trump's adult children seemed angrier at the prospect of a loss than Trump himself. That same day, Trump's two oldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric, took to Twitter to excoriate Republicans for not doing more to publicly defend and fight for their father. And after the president's family demanded action, the campaign set up a hotline for people to call to report allegations of voter fraud.

Voters are still being counted in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Nevada. As of Saturday, November 11, Trump is trailing Biden in all remaining states. According to the Associated Press, the Electoral College vote stands at 264-214.


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