Trump: ‘I never admitted’ 2020 defeat, we’ll ‘have to see what happens’ with audits

Former President Donald Trump said Monday he has “never admitted” that he lost to Democratic rival Joe Biden last November, adding should ongoing ballot audits may uncover massive fraud it will be up to Americans and “maybe politicians” to put him back in office.

Trump, in an interview with Just the News’ “Water Cooler,” was also critical of Mike Pence, again, saying if the then-vice president had sent back election results in states where they were being disputed so they could be reviewed the U.S. “might very well have a different president right now.”

“No, I never admitted defeat,” Trump told the Real America’s Voice’s program.

“We have a lot of things happening right now … all you have to do is read the newspapers and see what’s coming out now,” he continued, adding he’s “not conceded” that he lost to Biden.

In an interview last week with Fox News’s Sean Hannity, Trump said of the 2020 election that, “shockingly, we were supposed to win easily at 64 million votes and we got 75 million votes and we didn’t win, but let’s see what happens on that.”

He told Water Cooler host David Brody, however, that if there is enough vote fraud uncovered from the election, that it will be up to the public or perhaps political leaders to decide whether he should be reinstated to office.

“If the election was fraudulent, people are gonna have to make up their own minds,” he said. “It’s not gonna be up to me. It’s gonna be up to the public. It’s gonna be up to, perhaps, politicians.

“I don’t think there’s ever been a case like this where hundreds of thousands of votes will be found. So we’ll have to see what happens,” Trump continued.

Trump has frequently suggested the election was stolen from him and just as frequently, Democrats and left-leaning media pundits have claimed that is a lie. Thus far, however, there has been no evidence presented to substantiate the mass vote fraud claims. The largest ballot audit thus far is taking place in Maricopa County, Ariz., home to Phoenix, as 2.1 million ballots are being examined.

Trump noted that he was “disappointed” Pence did not make the decision to send back disputed electoral vote counts to key battleground states so they could be reviewed and differences worked out, saying that had Pence done so, it’s likely he would have had a second term. For his part, Pence has explained that he didn’t feel, constitutionally, as though he had any choice but to count the electoral ballots presented to him because states had already certified their results.

“Well, I’ve always liked Mike, and I’m very disappointed that he didn’t send it back to the legislatures,” said Trump. “When you have more votes than you have voters in some cases and when you have the kind of things that are, that were known — in many cases they were known then, but they’re certainly getting better and better known now — I was disappointed that he didn’t send it back.

“I felt he had the right to send it back, and he should’ve sent it back. That’s my opinion,” Trump added. “I think you would have found that you might very well have a different president right now had he sent ’em back.”

Jon Dougherty

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