Former US President Donald Trump has asserted that he didn’t heed the advice of lawyers, members of his campaign team, or political party officials who told him he lost the 2020 presidential election. Instead, he insists it was his personal decision to adopt the theory that the election was rigged.

During an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, September 17, Trump responded when asked why he chose to disregard the opinions of those who advised him that he had lost to Joe Biden.

“In many cases, I didn’t respect them,” Trump stated.

“But I did respect others. I respected many others that said the election was rigged,” he added.

Trump, currently the leading contender in the Republican party presidential primary, is facing legal actions related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. Federal prosecutors cited the fact that Trump was repeatedly informed by his legal team that he had lost the election.

When pressed on how he came to the conclusion that the election was rigged, Trump asserted that it was his own decision.

“You called some of your outside lawyers, and you said they had crazy theories. Why were you listening to them? Were you listening to them because they were telling you what you wanted to hear?” NBC host Kristen Welker inquired.

“You know who I listen to? Myself. I saw what happened. I watched that election, and I thought the election was over at 10 o’clock in the evening,” Trump responded.

“It was my decision. But I listened to some people. Some people said that,” he added later.