Former White House senior adviser Hope Hicks denied former President Trump’s unsupported claims of election fraud following his 2020 election loss and told him to move on, according to a new book.
The book, "The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021," set to be released Tuesday, reveals Hicks told a post-election Trump that he had lost, though she didn’t take other steps to convince him, according to Insider.
The book was written by New Yorker staff writer Susan Glasser and New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker.
The authors also reported that advisers close to the former president thought he was wavering on his assertions that the 2020 presidential race was tainted by widespread voter fraud. They thought that he might be close to accepting his loss.
Baker and Glasser reported that once after seeing Biden on television, Trump said, "Can you believe I lost to this f---ing guy?"
However, the kind of staff who would have steered Trump toward accepting his loss were "no longer around the brooding president," according to the book, Insider reported.
Hicks served as Trump's third White House communications director after the then-president fired Anthony Scaramucci.
The former president reportedly said in meetings that Hicks didn't "believe in me."
“Nobody’s convinced me otherwise,” Hicks reportedly replied. She said she was “marginalized” for her views and didn’t go into the office on Jan. 6, 2021, when rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol over the 2020 election results.
Hicks had also previously worked on Trump's 2016 campaign.