According to a forthcoming book, Ivanka Trump repeatedly pleaded with her father, then-President Donald Trump, to retract his allegations that voter fraud cost him the 2020 election as he watched news images of the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol.
According to a CNN story, the then-first daughter told the 45th president three times to “let this thing go” and “let it go” in the Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and reporter Robert Costa’s book “Peril,” which comes out Sept. 21. The story makes no mention of Trump’s response.
According to the book, then-Vice President Mike Pence’s national security adviser retired Gen. Keith Kellogg, pushed Trump to “do a tweet” to quiet the mob of Trump fans who were threatening the vice president and members of Congress.
“You really should do a tweet,” Kellogg told Trump, according to Woodward and Costa. “You need to get a tweet out real quick, help control the crowd up there. This is out of control. They’re not going to be able to control this. Sir, they’re not prepared for it. Once a mob starts turning like that, you’ve lost it.”
Trump according to the authors, responded by saying “Yeah,” then “blinked and kept watching television.”
Trump had energized his supporters at a “Stop the Steal” event held within sight of the White House just hours before.
“We will never concede,” he vowed, adding, “You don’t concede when there’s theft.”
When Trump presided over the congressional count later that day, he urged Pence to reject the election results, telling the crowd, “I think Mike is going to do the right thing. “I hope Mike is going to do the right thing. I hope so. I hope so. Because if Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election.”
Trump published two tweets as the chaos escalated, neither of which condemned the rioting.
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“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long,” one read. “Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!”
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certified. USA demands the truth!” the other one read.
Those posts, as well as a video in which Trump begged his followers to “go home” and that he loved them, were removed from Twitter shortly before Trump was permanently banned.
Trump has maintained his unfounded allegations that his failed reelection effort was due to fraud, despite his daughter’s desires. He has frequently raised the same fear about other elections, citing no evidence, most recently the California gubernatorial recall on Tuesday.
“Does anybody really believe the California Recall Election isn’t rigged?” he asked in a statement Monday. “Millions and millions of Mail-In Ballots will make this just another giant Election Scam, no different, but less blatant, than the 2020 Presidential Election Scam!”