Donald Trump is back on the golf course after breaking silence to mourn Rush Limbaugh and double down on his claims the election was ‘stolen’
President Donald Trump was back on the golf course Thursday after breaking his silence Wednesday to mourn the loss of conservative radio great Rush Limbaugh.
He used the interviews – on Fox News Channel, Newsmax and One America – to double down on his claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.
‘He wanted to get past the election and he made it easily and he thought we won the election,’ Trump told Newsmax’s Greg Kelly, speaking about Limbaugh and then making a segue. ‘As far as I’m concerned, it was disgraceful what happened, totally disgraceful,’ he said of the 2020 election result.
BACK AT IT: President Donald Trump was back at his West Palm Beach Trump International Golf Club Thursday after popping his head up publicly on Wednesday to mourn the loss of conservative radio great Rush Limbaugh
President Donald Trump (right) appeared with Rush Limbaugh (left) at a Make America Great Again rally in November 2018. Trump paid his respects to Limbaugh during a series of phone interviews Wednesday with Fox News Channel, Newsmax and One America
The former president, seen here about to hit his ball at his West Palm Beach course Thursday, used the interviews to continue to say he was robbed of a second term due to widespread voter fraud, a claim that has been debunked
Trump is seen leaning over to hit a ball Thursday at his West Palm Beach golf club. The former president spent Wednesday calling into Fox News Channel twice, as well as Newsmax and One America, all conservative outlets
The former president wore a white polo shirt and hat and black slacks as he golfed Thursday in West Palm Beach Florida, which is nearby his Palm Beach, Florida Mar-a-Lago resort, where he’s stayed since leaving office on January 20
Trump watches his ball as he golfs Thursday at his West Palm Beach, Florida golf club. During interviews Wednesday that were supposed to be about radio show great Rush Limbaush, Trump continued to complain the election had been stolen from him
Trump, photographed near his golf cart Thursday, was blamed by House Democratic impeachment managers for inciting the January 6 insurrection because he continued to repeat the ‘big lie’ that the election was stolen from him
‘But Rush wanted to get by the election and he did and he was proud of that, but he thought the result was a disgrace,’ Trump continued.
He made similar claims when he appeared, via telephone, on Fox.
‘Rush thought I won. And so did I,’ Trump said. ‘We were like a Third World country on election night.’
‘I was disappointed by voter tabulation. I think it’s disgraceful what happened,’ the former president continued. ‘I think we won substantially. And Rush thought we won.’
He made similar claims on One America News.
The interviews marked the first time since Trump spoke publicly since being acquitted Saturday by the U.S. Senate in his second impeachment trial.
Trump was impeached by the House last month for inciting the January 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill.
Trump (left) stands with an unknown golf partner on Thursday in Florida, one day after he did a number of interviews about the late Rush Limbaugh, who became a political ally and friend after Trump announced his bid for the White House in 2016
The former president joked that his poll numbers have climbed up since the second impeachment.
‘I’m the only guy who gets impeached and my numbers go up,’ the former president told Kelly.
”24 too early to say, but I see a lot of great polls out there, that’s for sure,’ Trump said later during the Newsmax interview.
But he wasn’t asked substantial questions about the insurrection, with the hosts framing that the interviews were supposed to be about Limbaugh.
House Democratic impeachment managers said that Trump spreading the ‘big lie’ – that widespread election fraud had robbed him of a second term – was what motivated the crowd that rioted at the Capitol on January 6, the day the Electoral College votes were to be certified by Congress and Vice President Mike Pence.