Former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election, but rumors are still swirling that he may somehow return as president by the summer. Now it’s clear where these may have originated.
Trump has reportedly been telling his inner circle that he will be “reinstated” as president by August, the Washington Examiner reported. Mike Lindell, founder and CEO of MyPillow, is taking credit for that timeline.
Maggie Haberman floated the notion about Trump’s belief in a tweet Monday. “Trump has been telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated by August (no that isn’t how it works but simply sharing the information),” she wrote with an accompanying video of CNN’s Anderson Cooper in a clip about a recent QAnon conference.
Trump has been telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated by August (no that isn’t how it works but simply sharing the information). https://t.co/kaXSXKnpF0
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 1, 2021
“If Trump is saying August, that is probably because he heard me say it publicly,” Lindell said Wednesday to the Daily Beast. “The month of August, for this, is subjective,” he later said. “It is my hope that Donald Trump is reinstated, after all the proof comes out, by the end of August, but I don’t know if it’ll be that month, specifically,” Lindell said.
“I started saying August…about four weeks ago,” he continued. “That was my estimation. I spoke about it with my lawyers who said that they should have something ready for us to bring before the U.S. Supreme Court by July. So, in my mind, I hope that means that we could have Donald Trump back in the White House by August. That’s how I landed on August, and I’m hopeful that that is correct,” Lindell said.
Lindell had based this timeline on the Supreme Court overturning the election, but the high court has not moved toward that way at all for Trump. The pillow mogul also speculated that the Arizona election audit could set off a cascade of events to have the prior election results thrown out.
Other high-profile people have speculated the same thing though there’s no evidence to support it. “He can simply be reinstated, but a new inauguration date is set, and Biden is told to move out of the White House, and President Trump should be moved back in,” Trump’s former lawyer Sidney Powell said at a QAnon conference.
The 2020 election certainly had many questionable elements, but the die has been cast for Trump since President Joe Biden took office. The best strategy now would be to pick up the pieces and move on to stopping Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections rather than continuing to hold out hope for something that will more than likely never happen.