Armstrong Williams was at the Trump campaign’s election night party at Trump Tower, soaking it all in.
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Williams was standing next to his best friend Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonTrump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan says there will be consequences from fraying US-China relations; WHO walks back claims on asymptomatic spread of virus The Hill’s Morning Report – Dems, GOP already headed in different directions on policing reforms MORE and his wife, the energetic Candy Carson.
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Everyone was glued to the results coming in on TV while Trump kept tabs on The New York Times’s odds of victory, which began at near zero for Trump but ticked up through the night from 10, to 20, to 30 and onward.
Trump’s phone rang when the Times said he had a better than 90 percent chance of victory.
“He turned to me and said — ‘Armstrong, it’s our brother!’ ” Williams recalled. “I said, ‘who?’ ”
Trump was taking a congratulatory phone call from boxing promoter Don King, and showed his phone to Ivanka Trump to prove it.
“It was the most animated and excited I’d seen him all night,” Williams said.
Williams said Carson had been confident from the start that Trump would win because he had prayed about it.
“Between Carson’s prayers and Don King, I knew we’d pull it off,” Williams said.