Trump Keeps Dropping Hints He Knows He Lost The Election

Topline

Even as he and his legal team continue to insist he won the election, President Trump has consistently dropped hints – today stating he hopes “they keep” one of his policies – that he secretly understands he lost to Democrat Joe Biden.

Key Facts

During his first public remarks since he reiterated his false claim of victory at a briefing two days after the election, Trump appeared to acknowledge the possibility of a Biden administration when discussing the possibility of a national lockdown.

Trump also drew headlines on Monday for a tweet that began “he won” before delving into various baseless fraud conspiracies – which he deleted before tweeting, “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA” and “I concede NOTHING!”

At a press conference on Friday touting a prescription drug pricing regulation, Trump appeared to hint at an incoming Biden administration by stating, “I just hope they keep it. I hope they have the courage to keep it.”

Forbes has reached out to a White House spokesperson for comment.

Crucial Quote

“Ideally, we won’t go to a lockdown…  this administration will not be going to a lockdown. Hopefully, the – whatever happens in the future – who knows which administration it will be? I guess time will tell,” Trump said during his vaccine event on Nov. 13, according to a White House transcript.

Key Background

Trump’s refusal to formally concede the election has resulted in an unusually delayed transition as his General Services Administration head Emily Murphy refuses to provide the Biden transition team with funding and access to administration officials and data. Democrats have demanded Murphy brief them by Monday on her continued refusal to ascertain Biden’s apparent victory.

Chief Critic

“I think it’s time for him to really realize and be very clear about what’s going on,” Rep. Kay Granger (R-Tex.) said Friday of Trump’s refusal to concede, adding that she has “great concerns” about his efforts to overturn the results in key states. “I think that it’s time to move on,” she stated, joining a marginal but expanding group of GOP lawmakers, governors and former officials who have acknowledged Biden’s victory.

Big Number

306. That’s the number of electoral votes Biden is set to attain after winning back Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania while also taking Georgia and Arizona – the first time a Democratic presidential candidate has won the two states since the 1990s. Trump also won 306 electoral votes in the 2016 election, which he described then as a “massive landslide.”

Further Reading

Trump Grows Increasingly Reclusive As Reality Of Election Loss Sets In (Forbes)

Biden Takes Cautious Approach To Trump’s ‘Outrageous’ Refusal To Concede (Forbes)

Republicans Keep Conceding Biden Won When Pitching Importance Of Georgia Runoffs (Forbes)

Trump Victory Claims Erode As More Republican Senators Acknowledge Biden Win (Forbes)

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