- Giuliani wanted Trump to proclaim victory in Michigan, says a new book.
- “If we do not say we won, they will steal it from us,” Giuliani claimed.
- Giuliani’s preventive allegations of a stolen election concerned Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien.
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Michigan was a key state in former President Donald Trump’s election bill to win another term.
In 2016, Trump narrowly won Wolverine State by chipping away at the blue-collar base that had long driven victories by Democratic presidential candidates.
Last November, the former president’s campaign team knew that the state’s 16 electoral votes would be decisive in a race against current president Joe Biden.
Before the race was convened in Michigan in Biden, however, then-Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani wanted the former president to proactively declare victory in the key swing state, according to an upcoming book by Michael Wolff.
When the election result came in, Trump campaign leader Bill Stepien was reportedly concerned that Giuliani “came through” to the former president to embrace the message of a stolen election.
Wolff detailed the incident in “Landslides: The Last Days of the Trump Presidency,” an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.
According to the book, Stepien complained to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, senior adviser Stephen Miller and Deputy Campaign Leader Justin Clark about Giuliani’s behavior regarding Trump and the election.
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“He just tells him things that are not true,” Stepien reportedly told the group.
The group of men soon pulled Giuliani aside in the White House China Room, and according to the book, Giuliani had “too much to drink” and “fumbled through units.”
“We have won! We have to declare victory!” Giuliani told the group.
As Stepien gently talked to Giuliani about what he knew was unknown to the rest of the group, the former New York mayor raised the prospect of a corrupt election.
“If we do not say we won, they will steal it from us,” Giuliani added. “Look, we’re won Michigan!”
Stepien clearly told Giuliani that Trump had not won the state since it had not yet been called.
“We have to say won it! Otherwise they steal it!” Giuliani replied.
Meadows that, according to the book, “have a slight tolerance for intoxication” close Giuliani’s request.
“No, we will not do that because we look stupid,” he said. “Things are moving too fast. We can not put the president in the position that he looks like he does not know what he is doing.”
Biden continued to carry Michigan by a margin of 51-48%, fueled by strong performances in Detroit and its populous suburbs along with decisive victories in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids.
Trump will publicly question Biden’s victory in Michigan and blow up the Democratic stronghold of Detroit as “corrupt” despite no evidence of mass election fraud.