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Trump should have given up after the defeat.

House of Representatives Special Committee Hearing January 6, 2021 Attack on the US Capitol. Photograph: J. Scott Applewhite/AP/dpa

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According to their own reports, many confidants at the time advised former US President Donald Trump to drop out after his failed election in November 2020. The U.S. Capitol attack investigation team showed videotapes of interviews of various witnesses behind closed doors at a public hearing on Tuesday. Trump’s former labor secretary, Eugene Scalia, said: “I told him it was time for him to acknowledge that President (Joe) Biden won the election.”

Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone issued a similar statement. He was determined that Trump should give up. “There is an opportunity to contest the election. But the idea that the federal government could confiscate voting machines – (…) is a terrible idea. Earlier, there were multiple reports that the White House discussed confiscating voting machines to investigate allegations of fraud. Last week, eight hours behind closed doors Cibolon testified.

“Being on the losing side doesn’t mean you have to be happy,” said Benny Thompson, chairman of the Democratic Caucus. There’s a lot you can do, but you can’t be violent. “What Donald Trump should have done at that point, which any American president would need to do, is say, ‘We did our best, but we didn’t do it.’ He went the opposite way.”

On January 6, 2021, supporters of the Republican president violently stormed the House of Representatives in Washington, DC. Congress met there to certify the victory of Trump’s Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election. The team is currently on the offensive. To this day, Trump claims without evidence that he stole yet another election victory through fraud. It is not yet clear whether the 76-year-old intends to seek re-election in the 2024 presidential election.

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