The leaked audio recording is of a conversation between Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, and Chinese billionaire Gu Wenwei, who helped Bannon launch a number of right-wing websites.
In the conversation, he said Trump had already made a plan for Election Day on November 3.
What Trump will do is just declare victory. right? Victory will be declared. But that doesn’t mean he’s a winner,” Bannon said Watchman.
“He just wants to say he’s the winner,” the message says.
after the votes
According to Bannon, Trump planned to capitalize on the prospect of Democratic vote counting later, as more Democratic supporters would likely use postal voting.
Postal votes mean that each registered voter is automatically sent a ballot paper. A voter can vote by returning the ballot paper by mail or delivering it to the polling station.
Trump has repeatedly stated that voting by mail leads to electoral fraud and has urged his supporters to appear in person on Election Day to vote.
As a result, there was significant predominance of Democrats in most states who voted in advance or voted by mail, while many Republicans were skeptical of postal votes and waited until Election Day to cast their votes.
Trump will benefit from that. This is our strategy. “He will declare himself the winner,” Bannon said in the audio recording.
In the audio recording, Bannon described a scenario in which Trump made early progress in countries affected by the vote-by-mail result, and had a plan to declare victory while the vote count was in progress:
“At 10 or 11 a.m. Trump will go to the Oval Office and tweet: I’m the winner. Game over.”
What actually happened on November 3 was not very different from what Bannon described in the audio recording.
In a speech during vote counting, Trump went Through preliminary results in a number of states. There he claimed to have won Pennsylvania and Michigan, although many votes remained to be counted there.
– We’ll win this. And, as I see it, we’ve already won, Trump said.
He also claimed that there was election fraud, that the American people had been subjected to a massive fraud and that the case should be dealt with by the Supreme Court.
Bannon worked in investment banking and tried his hand as a producer in Hollywood before being assigned the responsibility To manage the far-right website Breitbart News. He then became Trump’s campaign manager in 2016.
In August 2017, Bannon received He was fired as Trump’s chief strategist in the White House After Trump’s controversial statements such as the Nazi march in Charlottesville.
Bannon also fell out with Trump after he was the source of the critical books. But before the 2020 election, he must have returned to the competition.
After Trump lost the election to Joe Biden, Pardon Bannonwho was accused of fraud by people who paid money they thought would go to build the wall of Mexico.
He now faces a criminal trial, months after he refused to appear after Congress called him as a witness. It became known this week that he should have changed his mind and He will still attend the hearing.
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