DONALD TRUMP appears to have finally admitted that he lost the 2020 presidential election fair and square.
Appearing on Fox News on Wednesday evening, Trump conceded that he "didn't win," without claiming electoral fraud had anything to do with the defeat.
It's the first time the former president has come anywhere close to accepting the result of the election, although his caveat of "let's see what happens" leaves the door open to a change of mind.
"We were supposed to win easily, 64 million votes," Trump told Fox's Sean Hannity.
"We got 75 million votes and we didn't win, but let's see what happens on that."
In the seven months since the election, Trump has claimed that voter fraud was reason he lost to Joe Biden, and has continuously stressed that the result will be overturned, in spite of any concrete evidence of foul play.
He may no longer be wearing his voter-fraud sandwich board, but Trump says the first five months of Biden's presidency are showing America why he should have been re-elected, adding that the country is in a "shocking state".
Ever since he voted out of office, Trump has flirted with the idea of running for president again in 2024, particularly since surviving his second impeachment trial earlier this year, and he told Hannity he was strongly considering another run at the White House because "people are liking me more than ever before".
"The fake news does not like talking about it, but the numbers are really incredible, so I'm working to get a lot of good Congress people elected," Trump said referencing the midterms.
"And then, we'll be making a decision on 2024, but if you look at the numbers, people are liking me more than ever before.
"I think the reason is they are watching what is happening with our country, they are watching no energy independence, never has there been a scene like what is happening at the border, and the death that is being caused.
"This is not just border, this is death and criminals pouring into our country.
"They are looking at the economy and inflation, looking at interest rates and gasoline prices, and I guess it is making me very popular."