On Monday, former President Donald Trump released a statement rehashing his conspiracy theories about the 2020 election being stolen from him and urging his supporters to continue spreading the notion that the election was illegitimate.
He also tried to rebrand a phrase that is commonly used to describe his baseless claims of election fraud as the opposite, using it to describe the election as a whole:
“The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as the BIG LIE.”
The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake described “The Big Lie” earlier this year as “Democrats’ shorthand for Trump’s baseless and overwhelmingly debunked effort to call the results of the 2020 election into question — a set of claims that led his supporters to take drastic action in storming the U.S. Capitol. House impeachment managers used the phrase, which evokes Adolf Hitler, about two-dozen times.”
Rep. Liz Cheney (R. WY), already in a tense back and forth with the GOP over not only voting to impeach Trump, but for her continued, unrelenting criticism of the former President, responded to Trump’s Monday statement, bringing the phrase back to what it has commonly referred to since November:
“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.”
Others, like former Republican lawmaker Joe Walsh, offered thoughts on the “big lie” as well, with Walsh pointing out that Trump laid the groundwork for the lie last summer:
This statement comes following a weekend that saw a video of Trump peddling his theory to a tiny crowd in a Mar-a-Lago ballroom go viral. The video posted to Twitter showed Trump standing on a tiny stage, in front of an empty drum set, and speaking to a very small crowd at Mar-a-Lago.
In the rant, Trump bizarrely hints that ballots may still be found because of the voting audit in Arizona and help him overturn the 2020 presidential election.
He bizarrely hints that ballots may still be found because of the voting audit in Arizona and help him overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Response to the clip of the Mar-a-Lago resident was almost universally ridicule.
As viewers watched Trump continue to peddle his “Greatest Hits: Nov. 2020-April 2021,” by complaining about the “rigged” election, his critics suggest he has reached his bottom, with one calling the video “beyond pathetic.”
Uproxx points out that this video’s origin is unknown:
“It’s not clear if the video is new or when it was taken. Perhaps each day, each week, each month is now a blur for the former American president. It shows him addressing the randos willing to pay an exorbitant membership to be in the same company as an unpopular former politician. Their reward is addresses like the one in the video, which finds the owner of Mar-a-Lago awkwardly, robotically ranting about the “rigged election” and the “thousands and thousands of votes” that were allegedly supposed to be for him, based on nothing but whatever’s in his broken brain.”
The one time leader of the free world who now lives alone in a hotel sharing buffets, common areas, and staff with strangers, yearns for attention and relevance so badly, he now stands on a patio step every night ranting to tens of people about a 6 month old election that he lost pic.twitter.com/xIuZ7jAkZD
— Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) April 30, 2021
And the Twitter poster who shared the video as it went viral perhaps summed it up best:
“The one time leader of the free world who now lives alone in a hotel sharing buffets, common areas, and staff with strangers, yearns for attention and relevance so badly, he now stands on a patio step every night ranting to tens of people about a 6 month old election that he lost.”
The ridicule was widespread. Here are just a few examples:
When Donald Trump left the White House on January 20, he boarded Marine One and traveled south to his Palm Beach resort, Mar-a-Lago.
Once he settled in he found being banned from both Facebook and Twitter limited his reach and he had to find a way to stay relative and get his opinions out to his supporters. Though his post-presidency life has so far been lower-key than his presidency it is doubtful that Trump created chaos is a thing of the past.
In order to stay politically active Trump has opened the “Office of the Former President” at Mar-a-Lago. Thanks to a recent tweet, by Trump’s former senior advisor, Stephen Miller, the world has gotten a look at Trump’s new headquarters.
At first glance, Trump’s space looks like a typical office and in several ways even resembles the Oval Office. Yet, if one takes a closer look, you’ll see it features some interesting décor.
Trump has reportedly settled into his new office where he spends the hours that he is not on the golf course or his private quarters.
If you examine Miller’s photo carefully you will see a small table with family pictures on it. Behind him on the wall is a picture of Mount Rushmore. Trump has repeatedly stated that he believes his likeness should be added to Mount Rushmore. Trump also has a chunk of metal sitting on his desk that is reportedly a piece of the metal used to build his now-infamous border wall at the U.S./Mexico border.
There is also, bizarrely, a small statue on a table behind his desk that appears to be Trump himself. There is also a pair of reading glasses on the desk. Trump reportedly needs glasses to read but refuses to wear them in public.
Now, if you look closely behind Trump’s phone you will see a bottle of Diet Coke that clearly has been opened. Now, everyone knows Trump only drinks Diet Coke, however, just days ago Trump called for several companies to be boycotted because they spoke out against Georgia’s new voting laws. One of those companies was Coca-Cola. Clearly, Trump hasn’t started his boycott yet.
Though Trump’s choice of décor is odd it is also exactly what we have come to expect from him.
“The Office of the Former President” will be run by former Trump staff and aides.
It will be responsible for “managing President Trump’s correspondence, public statements, appearances, and official activities to advance the interests of the United States and to carry on the agenda of the Trump Administration through advocacy, organizing and public activism,” according to a statement.
Of course, Trump wants to use a logo that would associate him with being a former president, but he may have gone too far
It has been pointed out by legal experts that Title 18 U.S. Code § 713 says: “Whoever knowingly displays any printed or another likeness of the great seal of the United States, or of the seals of the President or Vice President of the United States … for the purpose of conveying … a false impression of sponsorship or approval by the Government of the United States … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned … or both.”
Will the president be pursued for possibly violating this law? Time will tell.
Just as Trump saying farewell for the last time to the country, he said, “We will be back in some form”. His comment left many to wonder what exactly he meant by that, then just days later Trump launched the Office of the Former President.