Former President Trump made a shocking admission to Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Wednesday. For months Trump has reiterated that the 2020 election was wrought with widespread fraud that resulted in Biden’s win but for the first time Trump admitted his defeat and then even wished Biden well as president.
According to McClatchy Washington Bureau:
“We got them by surprise in ‘16, and in ‘20 we did much better than we did in ‘16,” Trump told Hannity. “Shockingly, we were supposed to win easily at 64 million votes and we got 75 million votes. We didn’t win, but let’s see what happens on that. The whole thing was shocking.”
“I think the election was unbelievably unfair, but I want this guy to go out and do well for our country,” he said.
Trump conceded the election in January before Biden took office, but the former president and his supporters continue to challenge results in several states. There has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the election.
Among the audits is a hand recount of 2.1 million ballots in Arizona’s most populous county. The counting, which took place after Trump alleged voter fraud in the state, has taken nearly two months. Results of the recount have not been shared.
Trump’s change in tune comes as he continues to hint at the possibility of mounting a third presidential campaign in 2024. He’s yet to make any formal announcements but has said supporters will be “very happy” when he makes the big reveal.