"He's been fed so much misinformation that I think he actually thinks this thing was stolen from him," one of Trump's advisers said.
"I lost," are two words that Donald Trump may never say out loud. But would he go to the extent of locking himself up in the Oval Office, refusing to let Joe Biden take over the White House? Well, according to the president's advisers, that does not seem impossible.
As Trump remains deep in denial, trying to convince the country that the 2020 presidential elections were rigged with no actual proof, he reportedly told some of his advisers that he would refuse to leave the White House on Biden's Inauguration Day next month. While Biden will be sworn in at noon on January 20, 2021, his predecessor might still continue to believe that he is still the most powerful man in the world.
Although Trump has floated around the idea of not leaving the White House, his advisers believe that it is not something he would go through with. "He's throwing a f***ing temper tantrum," one adviser told CNN. "He's going to leave. He's just lashing out."
In November, when it became clear that Trump's tenure was coming to a definite end, many reportedly tried convincing Trump that it was time for him to accept the results of the election. But looks like the reality of Biden taking over as the 46th President of the United States is not something he has accepted. It was reported that advisers like Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis pulled the president further into denial, which led him to fire up more baseless claims of voter fraud.
Just when Trump was beginning to accept (in private, of course) that he lost the elections, he was allegedly pulled back into the delusions of the elections being stolen from him through misinformation from some sources. "He's been fed so much misinformation that I think he actually thinks this thing was stolen from him," said another Trump adviser.
Although Trump previously acknowledged that President-elect Joe Biden could carry on with the transition, he made it clear that he would not concede the election. Without any evidence, Trump reportedly said last month, "It's going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud." He also compared the 2020 presidential elections in the US to "a Third World country," as reported by NPR.
Trump's agitation over the election results also came out while he was addressing questions from reporters on Thanksgiving Day. When asked if he would concede, Trump went on to peddle claims of voter fraud before getting angry and saying, "Don’t talk to me that way... You’re just a — you’re just a lightweight... I’m the President of the United States. Don’t ever talk to the President that way."
According to whitehouse.gov, a reporter also asked Trump, "if the Electoral College does elect President-elect Joe Biden, are you not going to leave this building?"
Reporter: "If the Electoral College does elect President-elect Joe Biden, are you not going to leave this building?"— The Hill (@thehill) November 26, 2020
President Trump: "Certainly I will." pic.twitter.com/KFkcqaS96U
"Certainly, I will. Certainly, I will. And you know that," Trump said about leaving the White House. "But I think that there will be a lot of things happening between now and the 20th of January. A lot of things."
Now, what might these "a lot of things" be? We would just have to wait and find out.