According to a new book
, Eric Trump
"flipped out" on election
night 2020 when the tide began to turn against his father
, then-President Donald Trump.
According to an excerpt from Washington
Post journalists Carol Leonnig
and Philip Rucker's new book "'I Alone Can Fix It': Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year," which was published Tuesday, the Trump scion ranted, "the election is being stolen."
“Where are these votes
coming from? How is this legit?” Eric Trump demanded at the White House
viewing party, after previously predicting his father would win by a landslide.
According to Leonnig and Rucker, Eric Trump “yelled at the campaign’s data analysts, as if it were their fault that his father’s early leads over Biden were dwindling.”
According to the account, he screamed, "We pay you to do this," and asked, "How can this be happening?"
Donald Trump Jr
., his brother, was said to be equally taken aback.
“There is no way we are going to lose to this guy,” Trump Jr.
said of his father's Democratic
opponent, now-President Joe Biden
“Trump and his family became apoplectic as the night progressed and his early leads over Biden in Pennsylvania
and other states
continued to shrink,” wrote Leonnig and Rucker, noting how the Trump family
had been warned that the counting of earlier in-person votes would favor Trump and later mail-in votes would favor Biden, implying that “the margins would probably tighten later in the evening.”
According to the journalists, Eric Trump's spokesperson later "insisted that he did not berate campaign staff, as described by witnesses."
On the day after the election, as the final result remained undecided, Eric Trump tweeted a fake viral video
of what he claimed was someone destroying ballots cast in favor of his father; the tweet is still active; and he promoted his father's voter fraud conspiracy theories
in the days following the vote.
The entire excerpt can be found here.