When Donald J. Trump won the election in 2016, it became “the biggest upset in American history,” said historian Doug Wead in his soon-to-be-released book on the Trump presidency.
Wead had exclusive access to the president, his family, and his closest White House staff for his new book “Inside Trump’s White House: The Real Story Of His Presidency,” to be released on Nov. 26.
Excerpts from the book, obtained by The Daily Caller, include that Nov. 8 election night in 2016, when Donald J. Trump at first had no inkling he was about to win the election.
When the news reports indicated he would lose, despite the fact digital media director Brad Parscale said the figures indicated he would win, he met with his wife Melania and said he “couldn’t have worked any harder,” and losing was okay.
“But Melania, who had consistently told him from the beginning that he would win, would have none of it,” Wead wrote according to an excerpt of the book, “Again, at this moment, when the experts all agreed it was over, and it was being proclaimed on television, and he was giving her the bad news, she was still not convinced. She listened politely then answered back once again. ‘It’s not over,’ she told him. ‘You are going to win.'”
Someone suggested to Donald Trump they would need to “know how to handle it,” if he had indeed lost the election to Hilary Clinton.
“‘You know what?’ Trump said, “‘I’m just going to go downstairs and make a statement, and the next day I’ll get on my plane and go play golf in Ireland.” That was it,” the book reads. “That was how the marathon presidential campaign would end. Right where it had begun. At the bottom of that escalator in Trump Tower. Or out on Fifth Avenue.”
As the evening wore on, the networks began confirming, however, that he had won. When he saw the pictures of Clinton supporters inconsolable and crying, he said, “It must feel terrible,” for them, said his daughter, Ivanka Trump, according to the book.
“Look at these crying Clinton supporters, imagine how they feel?” Trump said, studying the tear-streaked faces of young ladies at the Javits Center. “They never saw it coming. Just think how hard they have worked. It must be terrible. It must be terrible.” For weeks, he had been bracing himself for those same feelings.[Excerpt from Wead’s book]
Ivanka was struck by the contrast between her father’s mood and the jubilation echoing in the staff rooms in other parts of Trump Tower. She understood the joy of the team, even the gloating. They had every right to rejoice in a very hard-fought and bitter political victory. “New York hates you!” the crowd had screamed at the Trumps when they had voted earlier that day. But Ivanka knew her father was in no mood to rub it in.
This was a part of Donald Trump that the public doesn’t see,” she told me in an interview about that night. “He defies typecasting. I think it’s an area in which he is misunderstood. He is really very compassionate.”
Instead of working on his partly prepared acceptance speech, Donald Trump tore it to shreds, ‘This is totally wrong,’ he said. ‘We have to reach out to those people we saw crying tonight, and we have to tell them that it’s going to be okay. And we are going to come together,'” the upcoming book reads.
Ivanka, in her interview with Wead, said, “It was a beautiful thing. His first reaction was to feel deeply about what the Clinton supporters were experiencing. And partly because everyone had told them that this was an outcome that was not possible. He was super sensitive to that, and you saw it reflected in his words,” she recalled.
“It was close to midnight by then. And yet, in that brief moment, none of us felt tired. We felt good about the country, and I felt good about my father and his desire to bring the country together. I have so many photos of us just sitting together and rewriting that speech. The feeling in that room was really something beautiful.”