Trump Says He’s ‘Not Too Prepared To Lose’ 2020 Election, Questions Whether He Lost 2016 Popular Vote
President Donald Trump said in an interview released Sunday that he’s not prepared to lose the 2020 presidential election.
Speaking to NBC’s Meet the Press, the president remarked, “It would be much better if I said, ‘Yeah.’ It would be much easier for me to say, ‘Oh, yes.’ No, I’m probably not too prepared to lose. I don’t like losing. I haven’t lost very much in my life.”
Trump then went on to question the validity of many of the votes that were cast for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. “I’ll say something that, again, is controversial. There were a lot of votes cast that I don’t believe,” the president said, defending his loss of the popular vote to Clinton by three million ballots.
Trump continued to espouse the view that his victory in the next presidential election is inevitable, denying all evidence to the contrary. When internal polls from his campaign were leaked showing Trump trailing Democratic candidates like Joe Biden by several points, the president grew furious. Not only did he begin to lie about the accuracy of the polls, saying that there were “other,” unspecified, numbers that showed him winning, but he also instructed his aides to lie about the data as well. After the leak Trump also fired several of his pollsters, using them as a scapegoat for his poor performance.
The president’s efforts have grown lately, as his massive, 20,000 person kickoff rally demonstrated both his ability to entertain and amaze his followers as well as the sheer adoration of his devotees, many of whom were willing to wait 40 hours to hear the president speak. While no Democratic candidate can boast the ability to fill a 20,000-person arena, several contenders are still leading Trump in polls. Biden, in particular, has been able to draw wide support from voters, beating the president by as much as 13 points in some surveys. With the Democratic primary debates set to take place this week on Wednesday and Thursday, it remains to be seen whether party-infighting will weaken the Democratic candidates enough to bring Trump to victory.