Trump reportedly told an ally he knows he lost the 2020 election but wants revenge on Democrats for doubting he properly won in 2016
President Donald Trump told an ally that he accepted his loss in the 2020 election but wanted revenge on Democrats for denying the legitimacy of his 2016 victory, CNN reported.
President-elect Joe Biden was supposed to defeat Trump two weeks ago, but Trump has still not admitted or allowed his administration to inform Biden's transition team.
The Trump campaign has sought to deny Biden's victory and toppled the vote with a series of lawsuits in multiple states.
According to CNN, Trump wants to return to former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for saying Russia helped him win and wants revenge for the Mueller investigation.
Many of the Trump campaign's election lawsuits hit a wall, and Trump and his team have now launched a new plan to hold back the final vote long enough to cast doubt on Biden's victory.
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President Donald Trump told an ally he knew he lost the 2020 election but refused to admit because he wanted revenge on the Democratic Party for contesting his 2016 victory, CNN reported Thursday, citing one Person who is familiar with his thinking.
After Trump's shock victory in 2016, Democrats, including the party's 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama, poured cold water on his performance, saying Russia had worked to get Americans to vote for Trump .
Trump wants to be the same now and has said he wants to return to the Democratic Party to lobby for Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's Russia relations, CNN reported, citing the source.
Insider and Decision Desk headquarters predicted that President-elect Joe Biden will win the 2020 election on November 6th, and other outlets called on November 7th as well.
Since that time, Trump has refused to admit, unfounded claims that election fraud was widespread, and filed a number of lawsuits to reverse the results in several states.
Joe Biden and Trump at the presidential debate in Cleveland on September 29th. JIM WATSON, SAUL LOEB / AFP via Getty Image
In the past few days, Trump's business associates and friends have urged him to give Biden and his transition team access to government resources, a source told CNN, adding that Trump turned it down and told them they were "dead wrong."
Read More: "Nobody Can Talk About It": Federal officials riot as transitional books gather dust on their desks and their Trump-appointed bosses fail to acknowledge Biden's victory
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Trump and his team had given up hope of a reversal of the election result with their lawsuits and agreed on a new plan to hold off the announcement of the final vote long enough to cast doubt on Biden's victory.
The change in policy comes after a number of Trump's lawsuits hit major hurdles.
On Wednesday night, Rudy Giuliani and Marc Scaringi, two Trump campaign lawyers, asked a federal judge to ignore Pennsylvania voters and declare Trump the winner. Three attorneys in Trump's Pennsylvania case dropped out the day before.
And on Thursday, the Trump campaign withdrew its last lawsuit in Michigan, according to Politico.
Trump has threatened to go to the Supreme Court to dismiss the election result. However, experts told Business Insider that he is simply running out of time and that the Supreme Court will likely be disinterested.
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