Corey Lewandowski said Trump's 'big lie' is just about being embarrassed he lost
Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on MSNBC (screengrab)

The new book Betrayal by Jonathan Karl captures a quote from former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who made it clear the former president is merely embarrassed by his loss.

Huffington Post cited the book's interview in which Lewandowski claimed Trump was hoping to make people suspicious about the 2020 election so he could say he "didn't lose."

"He knows it is over," Lewandowski told Karl. "He just wants to create enough doubt about Biden's victory so that when he leaves he can say he didn't lose and that it was stolen from him."

There have been past assumptions about this claim, but it has been rare for anyone inside of Trump World to admit that the "big lie" was nothing more than Trump not wanting to be a "loser."

Niece Mary Trump explained that losing in the Trump family was not something generally done.

"As for saying he'll run in 2024, that's just a face-saving exercise," Dr. Trump told The Guardian. "It's a way of distracting him from the fact that he's probably going to prison. But the worst thing Donald's looking at isn't financial difficulties or the prospect of jail. It's becoming irrelevant. I don't think he would ever recover from that."

In her book Too Much and Never Enough, Dr. Trump explained the president's father limited "Donald's access to his own feelings and rendering many of them unacceptable, Fred perverted his son's perception of the world and damaged his ability to live in it," she writes. "Softness was unthinkable... Child abuse is, in some sense, the expectation of 'too much' or 'not enough'. Donald directly experienced the 'not enough' in the loss of connection to his mother at a crucial development stage, which was deeply traumatic."

Read the full report from Huffington Post. Karl's book is on sale at midnight Nov. 16.