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Corey Lewandowski said Trump knew the election was over but wanted to 'create enough doubt' so he could 'say he didn't lose and that it was stolen': book

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  • Donald Trump
    Donald Trump
    45th President of the United States
  • Corey Lewandowski
    Corey Lewandowski
    American political operative and commentator
  • Jonathan Karl
    American journalist
  • Joe Biden
    Joe Biden
    46th and current president of the United States
donald trump corey lewandowski
Corey Lewandowski speaks as US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally on April 28, 2018.MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images
  • Corey Lewandowski said Trump knew the election was over but wanted to sow doubt about the results.

  • "He just wants to create enough doubt" to be able to "say he didn't lose," Lewandowski said.

  • The comments are in the ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl's book.

Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's 2016 campaign manager, said Trump knew the 2020 election was over when the major news networks projected his loss but wanted to sow doubt about the results so he could say "he didn't lose," a new book by the ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl says.

Lewandowski, who was also an aide to Trump in 2020, made the comments during a call with Karl days after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the election last November. Trump had not conceded, and he continued to baselessly claim that the election was stolen from him. Karl said he'd asked Lewandowski for his thoughts on how the situation would play out.

"He knows it is over," Lewandowski told Karl about Trump. "He just wants to create enough doubt about Biden's victory so that when he leaves he can say he didn't lose and that it was stolen from him."

The conversation is reported in Karl's book "Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show," which comes out on Tuesday. Insider obtained an early copy of the book.

In the months leading up to Election Day, Trump repeatedly claimed without evidence that voting by mail would lead to fraud. Election officials and experts rejected the statements as misinformation, and millions of Americans securely cast their ballots by mail.

After Trump lost, he elevated conspiracy theories that the election had been "stolen" from him and "rigged" against him through widespread voter fraud. Election officials said that the claims were false and that there was no evidence of fraud. Trump's own Department of Homeland Security said the election "was the most secure in American history."

Still, Trump spread falsehoods about the election. A Gallup poll conducted last November found that only 17% of Republicans said they thought reports about Biden's victory were accurate.

In a farewell speech a day before he left the White House, Trump acknowledged that a new administration would be inaugurated, but he did not formally concede or admit he lost the election.

More than a year after the election, Trump continues to cling to this narrative. Several polls this year suggested that many Republicans were still convinced the election was stolen from him.

In an NPR poll in November, most Republicans indicated they didn't trust elections in the country.

Lewandowski did not immediately return Insider's request for comment.

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