Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, recently dismissed Trump’s and others’ statements that the former President will somehow be reinstated as President in August 2021 as a result of vote audits like those in Arizona turning over the 2020 Presidential election, according to Newsweek.
The former Trump official, now serving as the chair of the Make America Great Again Action super PAC, was asked during a Fox News Sunday interview about recent claims that Trump will be “reinstated,” after Pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell have made such claims that apparently caught Trump’s ear.
“The president and I have never had that conversation about him being reinstated,” Lewandowski said, adding that he couldn’t speculate about what others had discussed with his former boss.
“I know of no provision under the Constitution that allows that to occur, nor do I know of any provision under the Constitution that allows an individual that lost an election to come back in if a recount is dubbed inaccurate.”
During the “For God & Country Patriot Roundup” conference in Dallas, Texas, last weekend, QAnon loving attorney Sidney Powell continued to make completely evidence-free claims about Trump winning the 2020 election and said Trump could and should return to the White House later this summer, saying, “He can simply be reinstated.”
“And President Trump should be moved back in. I’m sure there’s not going to be credit for time lost, unfortunately. Because the Constitution itself sets the date for inauguration. But he should definitely get the remainder of his term and make the best of it. That’s for sure.”
Lindell has also falsely suggested that this will happen by August, which is likely where Trump got the idea that he has been telling associates as well.
“If Trump is saying August, that is probably because he heard me say it publicly. 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.”
According to the New York Times, at least three people close enough to Trump have confirmed that he has been telling people that he’ll be “reinstated” in August.
Newsweek explains the the contextual groundwork that has been laid for this idea, notably Trump’s and associates’ months of continued lies about election fraud:
Dozens of election challenge lawsuits filed by Trump and his supporters have failed in state and federal courts. Even judges appointed by the former president or other Republicans have rejected the allegations. Meanwhile, multiple audits and recounts in key battleground states—including in states where Republicans who backed Trump oversaw the election—have reaffirmed Biden’s win.
Former U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who was widely viewed as one of Trump’s most loyal Cabinet members, said in December that there was “no evidence” of widespread fraud that would impact the election results. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security, which was led by a Trump appointee at the time, said after the election that there was “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”
While her father-in-law continues to promote his false election fraud claims and former administration officials have publicly mused about a coup attempt, Lara Trump last Thursday appeared to deny reports that former President Donald Trump has been telling allies that he expects to be reinstalled in the White House in a matter of months.
“As far as I know, there are no plans for Donald Trump to be in the White House in August. Maybe there’s something I don’t know,” Lara Trump told “Fox & Friends” in an interview.
“But no, I think that that is a lot of folks getting a little worked up about something just because maybe there wasn’t enough pushback, you know, from the Republican side,” she said. “So no, I have not heard any plans for Donald Trump to be installed in the White House in August.”