Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost

Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost

by Michael C. Bender (Author)

Michael C. Bender, senior White House reporter for the Wall Street Journal, presents a deeply reported account of the 2020 presidential campaign that details how Donald J. Trump became the first incumbent in three decades to lose reelection—and the only one whose defeat culminated in a violent insurrection. 

Beginning with President Trump’s first impeachment and ending with his second, FRANKLY, WE DID WIN THIS ELECTION chronicles the inside-the-room deliberations between Trump and his campaign team as they opened 2020 with a sleek political operation built to harness a surge of momentum from a bullish economy, a unified Republican Party, and a string of domestic and foreign policy successes—only to watch everything unravel when fortunes suddenly turned.

With first-rate sourcing cultivated from five years of covering Trump in the White House and both of his campaigns, Bender brings readers inside the Oval Office, aboard Air Force One, and into the front row of the movement’s signature mega-rallies for the story of an epic election-year convergence of COVID, economic collapse, and civil rights upheaval—and an unorthodox president’s attempt to battle it all. 

Fresh interviews with Trump, key campaign advisers, and senior administration officials are paired with an exclusive collection of internal campaign memos, emails, and text messages for scores of never-before-reported details about the campaign. 

FRANKLY, WE DID WIN THIS ELECTION is the inside story of how Trump lost, and the definitive account of his final year in office that draws a straight line from the president’s repeated insistence that he would never lose to the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol that imperiled one of his most loyal lieutenants—his own vice president.

In his riveting narrative, "Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost," Michael C. Bender immerses readers in the tumultuous final days of Donald Trump's presidency. With unprecedented access to key players within the Trump administration, Bender delivers a gripping account of the events that unfolded leading up to and following the 2020 election.

Bender paints a vivid picture of Trump's inner circle, including his advisors, family members, and confidants, offering readers an intimate look at their thoughts, motivations, and strategies. He delves into the dynamics within the White House, revealing the clashes, alliances, and power struggles that shaped decision-making during this critical period.

The book meticulously reconstructs the events of January 6th, the day of the Capitol insurrection, providing a minute-by-minute account of Trump's actions and reactions. Bender uncovers the behind-the-scenes negotiations, pleas, and warnings that unfolded as Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol, culminating in a shocking display of violence and chaos.

"Frankly, We Did Win This Election" is a gripping and deeply researched work of journalism that sheds light on one of the most consequential moments in American history. Bender's masterful storytelling brings readers to the heart of the Trump presidency, offering a nuanced understanding of the forces that shaped the outcome of the 2020 election and its lasting impact on American democracy.


432 pages