Trump abruptly ends NPR interview after being challenged about his false claims of voter fraud
Former President Donald Trump is still refusing to acknowledge that there were no legitimate claims of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election. During his latest interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Trump was so adamant in his beliefs that he abruptly ended the call when he was challenged about his claims.
On Tuesday, January 11, Inskeep shared highlights from the bizarre interview as he noted that the former president repeatedly offered excuses to explain why his post-election lawsuits failed to overturn the presidential election. According to Inskeep, Trump even expressed disapproval of Kory Langhofer who served as one of his lawyers.
“I did not think he was a good attorney to hire,” Trump said of Langhofer.
For about six years I've been asking Donald Trump for an interview. It never happened until the former president came on the line today. Tomorrow on @MorningEdition we'll hear what he said, up to the moment that he hung up on me. @NPR— Steve Inskeep (@Steve Inskeep) 1641941347
Per The Independent, Trump went on to falsely claim that evidence of voter fraud had been uncovered as he reiterated details about "out of balance" results in Detroit, Mich. Throughout the interview, Inskeep made multiple attempts to correct Trump's false claims as he pressed Trump on why many Republicans officials in various states had accepted the outcome of the election despite his claims of voter fraud.
Pivoting from the question which focused on the overall outcome of the election, Trump focused on the Republican-led audit in Maricopa County, Ariz. “Because they’re RINOs, and frankly, a lot of people are questioning that. Why would they? They fought very hard, the Maricopa County people. And people don’t understand it, because all you have to do is look at the findings.
“And, just so you know, some of those people went before Congress a short while ago … They couldn’t answer a thing. They got up and gave a beautiful statement. And then when it came time to ask, why this? Why that? What about these votes? What about those votes? They look like total fools.”
Toward the end of the interview, Inskeep asked Trump, “Are you telling Republicans in 2022 that they must press your case on the past election in order to get your endorsement? Is that an absolute?”
The perplexing question is part of the crux of the Republican Party's problem as there are many concerns about how Trump's influence could sway the 2022 midterm elections. However, Trump continued to push back.
“They are going to do whatever they want to do – whatever they have to do, they're going to do. But the ones that are smart – the ones that know, you take a look at," Trump said. "Again, you take a look at how Kari Lake is doing, running for governor. She's very big on this issue. She's leading by a lot. People have no idea how big this issue is, and they don't want it to happen again. It shouldn't be allowed to happen, and they don't want it to happen again."
He added, “And the only way it's not going to happen again is you have to solve the problem of the presidential rigged election of 2020.”
That's when Trump abruptly ended the call.
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