Trump may not accept defeat, but many in his inner circle know the race is over

Other than a couple of die-hards, most individuals near President Trump know the race is over — however nobody desires to be the sacrificial lamb who tells him to concede, folks acquainted with their considering inform me.

Why it issues: Trump’s long-shot authorized struggle, geared toward stopping him from being the primary one-term president in 28 years, is being enabled by lively supporters — and a variety of passive appeasement.


What we’re listening to: High Trump advisers sat the president down on the White Home on Saturday and walked him via the “choices for fulfillment,” a marketing campaign official tells me.

  • The official added that they made clear to Trump the seemingly final result of waging these authorized battles, however he was agency that he desires to forge forward anyway.
  • One supply who not too long ago spoke to the president tells Axios’ Jonathan Swan that even Trump has mentioned the opportunity of not successful. He has accepted that dropping could also be an final result however insists on pursuing what he claims is mass fraud.
  • A number of of his shut advisers, together with social media guru Dan Scavino and personnel director Johnny McEntee, are egging him on.
  • However folks one rung out have privately accepted actuality. They know the courtroom circumstances are useless ends, and a few are already placing out job feelers.

Behind the scenes: Chris Liddell, Trump’s deputy chief of workers for coverage coordination, has been engaged on transition preparations for the previous a number of weeks, however “every little thing is frozen proper now, they’re not doing something,” a supply acquainted with his work says.

  • Usually at this level, Liddell needs to be determining what priorities they’ll push via earlier than Jan. 20 and dealing with the Justice Division to evaluate safety clearances for Biden officers.
  • Whereas the Biden marketing campaign has posted its personal transition web page, Emily Murphy, administrator of the Basic Providers Administration, has but to declare when Biden’s official transition begins.
  • Neither might occur till the White Home will get on board with the result.

One White Home official described a scene of chaos and frustration amongst workers, significantly youthful, lower-level aides anxious about discovering new jobs.

  • “Senior workers can afford to pull it out, however mid to decrease … want paychecks and do not wish to get left behind,” the official stated.
  • The problem, the official added, is sending out resumes when “we’re technically speculated to imagine we are able to win.”
  • White Home press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says, “Having spoken with many youthful West Wing staffers, I can inform you that the crew totally helps President Trump and the motion behind him.”

The underside line: One adviser who attended Trump’s election night time social gathering on the White Home tells me the president had “whiplash” watching his lead diminish over the following days.

  • “He went to mattress considering he gained. All of us felt good,” the Trump adviser stated. “That is why we collectively are nonetheless confounded. However there’s solely a lot you are able to do now as soon as an enormous a part of the nation has determined to maneuver on.”

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