Former President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that GOP primary polls are providing him assurance that he will win the presidential nomination next year, claiming angst over the 2020 election’s outcome could be fueling the energy.
While discussing his upcoming book, Letters To Trump, at a media roundtable, the former president pointed to a New Hampshire poll from this week that puts him at a massive lead compared to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“On the political front, you see the polls are really crushing it. We’re doing great in the polls. We’ve just got one from New Hampshire where we’re like 40-something points up on anybody. Overall, we’re way, way up. And a lot of it has taken place over the last two or three weeks,” stated Trump.
The Emerson College survey placed Trump at a 41-point lead for the Republican nomination, greatly beating out his theoretical competitors.
During the discussion, Trump noted that there is still some anger over alleged shady election practices that transpired during the 2020 election.
“If you look at the polls, a lot of people think that that election was rigged and stolen. And I happen to be one of them,” Trump said. “I’m an election denier, and so are, substantially, I would say substantially more than 50% of this country. And I think it’s a much higher number than that. You get a lot of election deniers in this country, and they’re not happy about what happened.”
Trump is not the only politician to cast election results into question. Such doubts have been expressed by politicians on both sides of the aisle. As was pointed out by Kari Lake, failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has infamously called former President Trump an “illegitimate president.”
Similarly, the current Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Hakeem Jeffries proclaimed in 2017 that “there is a cloud of illegitimacy around the election of Donald Trump” as “the fake news industry interfered with his election.”
Approximately a year following the 2020 election, only one-third of Americans believed that Joe Biden legitimately secured the presidency, reported The Washington Examiner.