Donald Trump has privately acknowledged he lost the presidency. He knows Joe Biden will replace him. He recognizes Congress will formally certify the results on Wednesday, Report states, citing Politico.
To one person, Trump even confided he was "just disappointed we lost."
According to three people who have spoken to Trump in that time span, Trump's acceptance has taken shape in recent weeks, with one conversation occurring a week ago. Trump admits his defeat but still maintains he would have won a fair election, they said, despite no concrete evidence emerging of widespread voter fraud. According to one of the people, he has even discussed his exit plans from Washington with staff, debating when to move to his South Florida Mar-a-Lago resort.
"The point is to be still relevant and still be talked about in the news," said one of the people. "This is someone who's been on Page Six of the New York Post for 40 years. He's beyond embarrassment."
With that in mind, Trump has kept up a flurry of activity to pressure other Republicans to aid his effort to block Biden's presidency.
In the days before Congress votes to certify the election results, Trump has been calling numerous Congress members and legislators in battleground states while meeting with lawyers and top aides.
Trump's team hopes to secure 180 House members, along with 13 senators, to object to Biden's Electoral College win, likely turning a traditionally short ceremony into a day-long event.