I think the "4 in the morning" thing was probably a reference to how they always seem to find ballots at 4 am. I swear that happened somewhere else recently.
That said, while I'm not entirely sure Trump knew the levels they would *go* and just how much cheating there would be, I do think he was ready for it.
And I may be wrong on this, but one thing I had noticed was how very little commercials there were for Trump.
Did he save the money for the eventual court fight?