October 1, 2022

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World Exclusive: Donald Trump Says US “Going To Hell”, Sticks To “2020 Stolen” Claim

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Former US President speaks on whether claims of “illegal” election can have dire results, such as storming of US government headquarters after he lost

New Jersey: 

Former US President Donald Trump refuses to back down against the charge that his unsubstantiated claims of a “stolen election” in 2020 sparked violence on Capitol Hill after his loss to Joe Biden. Prepping for a Republican Party nomination to run for President again in 2024, Mr Trump said his opponents from the Democratic Party, too, have spoken of “stolen” elections before, including when he won in 2016.

“Democrats say I stole the election in 2016, which I didn’t do,” Mr Trump claimed. He didn’t say which Democrats made the “stolen” claim. The party’s leadership had congratulated Mr Trump in 2016, while expressing disappointment at Hillary Clinton’s loss.

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Trump supporters rioting at the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021.

On whether he agrees with the democratic principle of accepting defeat, he said, “I agree with that,” but repeated his claim: “We didn’t lose.”

Asked pointedly why he still insists on that, he said: “Two weeks ago, it came out, the head of Facebook, (Mark) Zuckerberg, said the FBI came to him and told him, on this Russian disinformation, ‘don’t say anything’… They suppressed it.”

He was likely referring to Mark Zuckerberg’s recent statement on a podcast, in which he said that, ahead of the 2020 election, the FBI had warned his company against “some kind of dump” that should not get prominence on the social network. This was just before stories came out about a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden — son of eventual winner Joe Biden — which had data on dealings with Russian and Chinese businesspeople. US officials have since said the laptop is “not part of some Russian campaign” and there’s no political corruption either.

But Mr Trump is keen on deflecting back the allegations that Russia helped him in elections. Investigations so far — while concluding that Russian entities pushed disinformation on social media to help the 2016 Trump campaign — have not found if Mr Trump was directly involved.

New Jersey: 

Former US President Donald Trump refuses to back down against the charge that his unsubstantiated claims of a “stolen election” in 2020 sparked violence on Capitol Hill after his loss to Joe Biden. Prepping for a Republican Party nomination to run for President again in 2024, Mr Trump said his opponents from the Democratic Party, too, have spoken of “stolen” elections before, including when he won in 2016.

“Democrats say I stole the election in 2016, which I didn’t do,” Mr Trump claimed. He didn’t say which Democrats made the “stolen” claim. The party’s leadership had congratulated Mr Trump in 2016, while expressing disappointment at Hillary Clinton’s loss.

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Trump supporters rioting at the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021.

On whether he agrees with the democratic principle of accepting defeat, he said, “I agree with that,” but repeated his claim: “We didn’t lose.”

Asked pointedly why he still insists on that, he said: “Two weeks ago, it came out, the head of Facebook, (Mark) Zuckerberg, said the FBI came to him and told him, on this Russian disinformation, ‘don’t say anything’… They suppressed it.”

He was likely referring to Mark Zuckerberg’s recent statement on a podcast, in which he said that, ahead of the 2020 election, the FBI had warned his company against “some kind of dump” that should not get prominence on the social network. This was just before stories came out about a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden — son of eventual winner Joe Biden — which had data on dealings with Russian and Chinese businesspeople. US officials have since said the laptop is “not part of some Russian campaign” and there’s no political corruption either.

But Mr Trump is keen on deflecting back the allegations that Russia helped him in elections. Investigations so far — while concluding that Russian entities pushed disinformation on social media to help the 2016 Trump campaign — have not found if Mr Trump was directly involved.

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