Did Donald Trump Really Say This To Mike Pence About The 2020 Election?

“Peril,” written by The Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Robert Costa and released in September, discusses Donald Trump’s and Joe Biden’s administrations and the transition of power between the two, per The Washington Post. It also highlights Trump’s frustration with the outcome of the 2020 election and his attempts to get Mike Pence to overturn the results.

“When Pence did not budge, Trump turned on him. ‘No, no, no!'” Trump yelled, according to the authors, via CNN. “You don’t understand, Mike. You can do this. I don’t want to be your friend anymore if you don’t do this.” However, this is bigger than a friendship squabble. Trump was deeply and visibly upset with Pence refusing to do his bidding during the election certification. “If you don’t do it, I picked the wrong man four years ago,” Trump reportedly said, via another “Peril” passage, per CNN. “You’re going to wimp out.”  

Trump also insinuated how “cool” it would be for one person to have the power to overturn election results, per CNN. This made Pence uncomfortable, with the former vice president saying (via CNN), “I wouldn’t want any one person to have that authority.” The future of Pence and Trump’s relationship remains unclear, but it’s sure to make “Peril” a nail-biting read.

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