Trump reportedly told an ally he knows he lost the 2020 election but wants revenge on Democrats for disputing his 2016 win
- President Donald Trump told an ally that he has accepted his loss in the 2020 election, but wants to avenge Democrats for disputing his win in 2016, CNN reported.
- President-elect Joe Biden was projected to defeat Trump two weeks ago, but Trump has still not conceded or permitted his administration brief Biden's transition team.
- The Trump campaign has tried to deny Biden victory and overturn vote counts with a string of lawsuits in several states.
- According to CNN, Trump wants to get back at former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for saying Russia helped him win, and wants revenge for the Mueller investigation.
- Many of the Trump campaign's election lawsuitshave hit a wall, with Trump and his team now launching a new plan to stall the final vote count for long enough to throw Biden's victory into doubt.
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President Donald Trump told an ally that he knows he lost the 2020 election, but is refusing to concede because he wants revenge on the Democratic Party for disputing his 2016 win, CNN reported, citing a person familiar with his thinking.
After Trump's shock win in 2016, Democrats including then-presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama poured cold water on his achievement, saying that Russia had worked to sway Americans to vote for Trump.
Trump now wants to get even and said he is looking to get back at the Democratic Party for championing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's Russia ties, CNN reported, citing the source.
Insider and Decision Desk HQ projected President-elect Joe Biden to win the 2020 election on November 6, and other outlets made the same call on November 7.
In recent days, Trump's business partners and friends have urged him to allow Biden and his transition team access to government resources, a source told CNN, adding that Trump declined and told them they were "absolutely wrong."
On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that Trump and his team had given up hope of overturning the election result with their lawsuits, and have settled on a new plan to stall the final vote announcement long enough to throw Biden's victory into doubt.
The change in tack comes after a number of Trump's lawsuits ran into major hurdles.
On Wednesday night, Rudy Giuliani and Marc Scaringi, two lawyers for the Trump campaign, asked a federal judge to ignore Pennsylvania voters and declare Trump the winner. Three lawyers on 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 overturn 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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