Trump Admits He Decided To Overturn 2020 Poll Results
Former President Donald Trump said he received counsel from many people shortly after the 2020 election, but it was his decision to push the false claim that he won the presidency and try to overturn the results.
By admitting he tried to subvert the election results, including the recruitment of bogus electors in seven states, Trump incriminated himself. I Photo: Joe Biden Flickr
"It was my decision," Trump told NBC's "Meet the Press" in an interview that aired on Sunday, as reported by Kate Sullivan for CNN.
A central premise of special counsel Jack Smith's case, according to his indictment of the former president, is that Trump knew the election claims he was making were false after being told by close aides that he had lost but disseminated them anyway to make them appear legitimate—all in service of an alleged criminal conspiracy.
By admitting he tried to subvert the election results, including the recruitment of bogus electors in seven states, Trump incriminated himself, as reported by Politico, Kelly Garrity, the Associated Press (AP), and Reuters.
"I was listening to different people, and when I added it all up, the election was rigged," Trump told Kristen Welker in the interview, again pushing the false claim as he seeks the 2024 Republican nomination for president.
"You know who I listen to? Myself. I saw what happened," Trump said. The former president said he didn't listen to his attorneys who told him he lost the election because he didn't respect them, as reported by Zachary Cohen for CNN.