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Axios's Courtenay Brown and Margaret Talev hosted a conversation unpacking Election 2020, featuring Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and The Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt. Discussing the immediate results of the election and impending results from key swing states, Axios's Niala Boodhoo and Mike Allen opened the event.

Scaramucci discussed his projections on the impact of a Biden win, from economic policies to President-elect Biden's ability to work across the political aisle.

  • On his view of Trump's economic policies: "[It's] a hijacked, deformed brand of Republicanism...massive deficit spending and sometimes very reckless behavior when it relates to public health and safety."

Steve Schmidt assessed the impact of the Lincoln Project on the 2020 election, his observations on geopolitical trends, and discussed how the Lincoln Project plans to move forward into 2021.

  • On the role of the Lincoln Project during the election: "We were effective in accomplishing what we wanted to do: defining the race around Trump. We've always thought that the race was about one thing...it wasn't about issues. It wasn't about policy."
  • How Trump's ideology fits into global trends: "I believe it's a statist authoritarian ideology with fascistic markers...All over the world, we see democratic recession. It is not a mistake that Nigel Farage is on a stage with Trump in Arizona."

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse highlighted the integrity of the voting process in light of President Trump's claims that President-elect Biden was working to steal the election.

  • On the legitimacy of the election: "It also looks like the vote the count has been done in a pretty legitimate way…there have been lots of allegations of fraud, but it's all been just talk and there's been no evidence to support any of it."
  • On his Senate colleagues' view: "I've got a lot of colleagues who are going to find the end of Donald Trump a real relief. And by colleagues, I mean Republican colleagues."

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Episode 8: The siege

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photos: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 8: The siege. An inside account of the deadly insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6 that ultimately failed to block the certification of the Electoral College. And, finally, Trump's concession.

On Jan. 6, White House deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger entered the West Wing in the mid-afternoon, shortly after his colleagues' phones had lit up with an emergency curfew alert from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Off the Rails

Episode 6: Last stand in Georgia

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Drew Angerer, Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 6: Georgia had not backed a Democratic presidential candidate since 1992 and Donald Trump's defeat in this Deep South stronghold, and his reaction to that loss, would help cost Republicans the U.S. Senate as well. Georgia was Trump's last stand.

On Air Force One, President Trump was in a mood. He had been clear he did not want to return to Georgia, and yet somehow he'd been conscripted into another rally on the night of Jan. 4.

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Episode 3: Descent into madness ... Trump: "Sometimes you need a little crazy"

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 3: The conspiracy goes too far. Trump's outside lawyers plot to seize voting machines and spin theories about communists, spies and computer software.

President Trump was sitting in the Oval Office one day in late November when a call came in from lawyer Sidney Powell. "Ugh, Sidney," he told the staff in the room before he picked up. "She's getting a little crazy, isn't she? She's really gotta tone it down. No one believes this stuff. It's just too much."