Despite claims of widespread fraud, Donald Trump privately admitted he lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden, according to a former White House aide.
Appearing Sunday on the CNN program “State of the Union,” Alyssa Farah Griffin told host Dana Bash that Trump acknowledged Biden’s victory.
“He admitted, he blurted out watching Joe Biden on TV, ‘Can you believe I lost to this guy?’” Griffin said.
While Griffin’s comments aren’t expected to create more legal issues for Trump, she suggested that they will expose the former president’s desperation to remain in power.
“I’m not of the mind that this is going to take down Donald Trump in a legal sort of way,” Griffin explained.
“But I do think it’s going to inform the public about a man who lost and couldn’t do what we’ve done for the entirety of our history, which is allow a peaceful transition of power.”
During the recent Jan. 6 hearings, former Attorney General Bill Barr insisted Trump was aware he lost the election but still made false claims about voter fraud.
Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., also appeared on the CNN Sunday program. Upton, who voted in favor of impeaching Trump following the Capitol riot, predicted Trump would run in the 2024 presidential election.
Upton told Bash a lot of voters still like Trump, which could increase his chances of victory considering the record-high rate of inflation under Biden.
“As we look at the economy, we look at gas prices, all these different things, folks are not really happy with the Biden administration, which is why he is mired at a level even below where Donald Trump was at this point in his tenure,” Upton said.
Despite losing to Biden in 2020 and Trump’s ongoing legal battles, Upton noted that Trump still carries major influence over the Republican party.
“He’s had a number of decisive wins where he’s endorsed candidates that they have won,” Upton explained. “He’s had a few losses as well, but he certainly entertains a majority of the Republican base and will be hard to stop.”