Donald Trump's Biographer Says He 'Cannot Even Succeed at Being a Loser'

Michael D'Antonio, a biographer of President Donald Trump, has described the president as a "loser" who can't accept his defeat by former Vice President Joe Biden in the recent election.

D'Antonio, a Pulitzer Prize-winner who wrote the 2016 book The Truth About Trump, spoke to CNN on Friday about what he called the president's "buffoonery." He is a contributor to the network.

"He is profoundly an incompetent person—a loser, if you might say," D'Antonio said, using an insult Trump is famously fond of lobbing at his critics and political opponents.

"He's so incompetent that he cannot even succeed at being a loser," he said.

D'Antonio was referring to Trump's refusal to concede the presidential election. The president and his campaign have repeatedly made unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and other irregularities.

The author said Trump was "failing at this essential task," which was accepting the fact that "we all lose at various moments."

He said the president won't "acknowledge that the system worked, that there was no fraud" in the election and claimed Trump was "dragging us through this show and it's really redolent of all of the flaws in his personality and character that have been present almost since birth."

On Twitter on Friday, Trump again asserted that he had won Pennsylvania and alleged fraud. The state went to Biden by 50 percent to 48.8 percent and his campaign's attempt to challenge that result have been unsuccessful.

"This is the creature he has always been," D'Antonio added.

Trump has hinted that he may not attend Biden's inauguration on January 20 and D'Antonio said he was "quite capable" of skipping the event. It is usual for outgoing presidents to appear at their successors' inaugurations even when they've been defeated but refusing to go would not be without precedent.

"The answer to that will be determined by what he thinks will profit him the most," D'Antonio said. "By 'profit,' I mean literal profit [...] but also what he imagines will profit him going forward."

D'Antonio said Trump could "very well declare a 2024 run before Inauguration Day and thereby try to deprive Biden of the attention that he deserves." Other reports have suggested the same—that Trump could seek to pre-empt inauguration coverage with a 2024 announcement.

"I don't think we can assume he'll do anything normal," D'Antonio said.

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President Donald Trump arrives to speak in the Diplomatic Room of the White House on Thanksgiving on November 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump had earlier made the traditional call to members of the military stationed abroad through video teleconference. One of his biographers has called him a "loser". Erin Schaff - Pool/Getty Images