Donald Trump continues to refuse to admit defeat to Joe Biden. Trump’s closest circle is trying to influence him – with very different opinions.

After Joe Biden’s victory speech, the man in the White House was initially silent. But on Sunday, Donald Trump reported back to Twitter, revealing that he still sees himself as a victim of systematic electoral fraud – without presenting evidence to support this claim. In his immediate circle, the voices are growing that want to convince Trump to acknowledge Biden’s victory.

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His family members in particular are said to have a profound influence on Trump. According to CNN, First Lady Melania advised her husband to accept his defeat. Trump’s adviser Jason Miller dismissed the report on Twitter as “fake news.”

No clear statement from Melania

Moments later, Melania Trump wrote on Twitter, “The American people deserve fair elections. Every legal – not illegal – vote must be counted. We must protect our democracy with full transparency.”

The tweet is so general that it can be interpreted in both directions: Trump’s wife also thinks the election is not fair. Why else would she comment on the topic on Twitter? Or: she does not agree with her husband, because her tweet does not say that there was really any irregularities or even fraud in the elections.

Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is also reported to have discussed the matter with his father-in-law. According to the news portal “Axios”, he advised him to continue the legal proceedings. Kushner and his wife, Trump’s daughter Ivanka, are official advisers to the president. “Axios” quoted an anonymous source as saying that “unpleasant conversations” were taking place in Trump’s orbit and that his closest circle had written off the election victory – but the latter still insisted on winning. However, “CNN” reports from two anonymous sources that Kushner advised Trump to acknowledge Biden’s victory.

Trump’s daughter Ivanka was just as reserved and ambiguous as her stepmother Melania on Twitter. She demanded that all legal votes be counted and all illegal votes not. Free and fair elections are “the foundation of our democracy”.

Trump’s sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, still stand by their father and his refusal to admit defeat. They allegedly called on close allies to publicly question the predictions and projections of the US media. Trump Jr. had previously called on his father on Twitter to start an “all-out war” over the election. He must “expose all fraud and deceit”. Trump Jr. has since tweeted almost non-stop – mostly unproven allegations of election fraud.

Trump received violent criticism from his niece Mary Trump during his press conference shortly after the closure of polling stations in the United States. Trump declared himself the winner and secured a – at the time still hypothetical – victory of Biden responsible for electoral fraud. However, Trump could also provide no evidence of this. Mary Trump wrote on Twitter, “This is what it looks like when a loser loses.” Mary Trump – a Ph.D. in psychology – had published a disclosure book before the election and warned against her uncle’s second term. In an interview, she said her uncle was a pathological liar and a racist.

Donald Trump is considered a family man. But even his closest circle appears to be divided on how Trump should deal with his apparent defeat. If you look at Trump’s latest tweets, he seems to be listening more to his sons at the moment. It seems that Trump is not – yet – ready to acknowledge reality and thus his defeat.

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