Say this for Donald Trump: He’s not subtle.
That lack of subtlety was exposed at the committee’s hearing on Thursday, January 6, when evidence was presented, time and time again, that Trump had long predicted nothing more than declaring victory over what actually happened on Election Day 2020.
“It was a planned plan by the president to declare victory regardless of the actual outcome,” committee representative Zoe Lofgren said at Thursday’s hearing. “We also interviewed Brad Parscale, President Trump’s former campaign manager. He told us he understood that President Trump planned to say he won the election earlier in July, even though he lost.”
Which, when you look back at what Trump was saying and doing in the summer and fall of 2020, shouldn’t surprise anyone. He did not keep the plan he finally executed – insisting that the elections were stolen – a big secret.
Take into account:
* In an interview with Fox News in July 2020, Trump was asked directly whether he would accept the results of the election whether he won or not. “No. I have to see,” he replied. “Look, I have to see. No, I won’t just say “yes”. I won’t say ‘no’. And I didn’t last time either.”
* At an August 2020 campaign rally, Trump said: “So this is a way they’re trying to steal the election, and everybody knows that. Because the only way they’re going to win is a rigged election,” he said.
* In a speech in mid-September of that year, Trump said: “The Democrats are trying to rig this election because that’s the only way they’re going to win,” he said.
* At a press conference a month later, Trump was asked directly if he would guarantee a peaceful transition of power if he lost. “Well, we’ll have to see what happens,” he said. “You know that. I’ve complained really hard about the polls. And the polls are a disaster. … We want to be – take the polls away and there’s very… there’s not going to be a transfer, frankly. It’s going to be a follow-up. The polls are out of control. You know.”
* At the same time, Trump said: “But in terms of timing, we’re going to January 20th. But I think it’s better to go before the election, because I think this — this scam that the Democrats are pulling — is a scam. — this scam of the Supreme Court of the United States He’ll be in front. And I think it’s not a good situation to be in a 4-4 situation, if you get that.”
Everything is fine! Full plan:
1) Claim victory no matter what.
2) Emphasize that fraud has been committed no matter what.
3) Forcing the matter into the courts regardless.
That’s exactly what happened, except the Supreme Court didn’t side with Trump, refusing to hear the case against the results. “Just an fyi. POTUS is angry – breaking news – the Supreme Court denied his case. He’s livid now,” said a Secret Service message, which Rep. Adam Kinzinger presented at a committee hearing Thursday, Jan. 6.
While digging through old Trump quotes talking about the 2020 election, I came across an article I wrote in May 2019: “What if Donald Trump doesn’t admit he lost in 2020?” That piece contains the following lines:
“So it’s not too much to think that Trump would not be willing to go quietly into that good night if he falls short in the 2020 election. For Trump, accepting defeat and refusing to hand over power voluntarily would be the last sacred cow he can kill. He has made a political career with a willingness to break with longstanding traditions. , with the venerated elements of democracy in our capital “D” that have long set us apart from the rest of the world.Trump mocks all such things, capturing, he would say, an arcane system established by elites unable to direct the will of the people as they might.
Everything was fine, staring us in the face. We may not have wanted to believe that Trump would take it this far, but he was literally telling us not only that he would do it, but how he would do it. We should believe it the first time.