Trump Family Split Over Whether to Concede

Jared Kushner is nudging Trump in that direction, while Don Jr. and Eric disagree
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2020 12:57 AM CST
Updated Nov 9, 2020 6:59 AM CST
Trump Siblings Are Split Over Concession
Eric Trump and his wife Lara Trump, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, and Donald Trump Jr., and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, listen as President Donald Trump speaks at campaign rally at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in Grand Rapids, Mich.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Melania Trump may be urging her husband to concede the 2020 presidential election—but his three eldest children are reportedly split on the matter. CNN and Politico report that while Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump's husband, is also suggesting President Trump concede, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump remain staunchly on their dad's side. The brothers, sources say, are calling for Republicans to publicly reject the election results and challenge them in court, while FLOTUS and Kushner are among those "nudging" Trump to concede, perhaps without actually agreeing that he lost. "Virtually everyone in his inner circle, his closest advisers, including his family members, are fully aware that this is over," ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl said Sunday, noting there have been discussions that "include the first lady, about how to convince him to make something of a graceful exit."

Politico points out that Melania Trump, said by biographers to be one of the people whose advice Trump most trusts, did tweet Sunday that "Every legal - not illegal - vote should be counted," but sources say privately she is suggesting her husband figure out some sort of exit strategy. Trump campaign rep Jason Miller pushed back against the stories on Twitter, claiming, "Given undetermined electoral outcomes in multiple states and serious voting irregularities and lack of transparency in others, Jared has advised @realDonaldTrump to pursue all available legal remedies to ensure accuracy." Both CNN and Politico also run down how other Republicans stand, from those who publicly agree Trump should not concede (Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, and others) to those who are backing away from his claims of election fraud. And then, of course, there's one person who has been notably absent: "Where the hell is Mike Pence?" one senior campaign official reportedly texted Sunday. (More Election 2020 stories.)

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