Trump is trying hard to recruit politicians and journalists to back the baseless theory he will be reinstated as president

Former U.S. President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower in Manhattan on May 18, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
Former U.S. President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower in Manhattan on May 18, 2021 in New York City.

  • Donald Trump is attempting to recruit people to promote his theory that he will be reinstated as president, a report said.
  • “Trump is trying hard to recruit journalists, politicians, and other influential figures to promulgate this belief,” the National Review reported.
  • The baseless theory has been circulating among Trump supporters and fringe conservative media outlets for months.
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Former President Donald Trump is “trying hard” to recruit politicians and journalists to promote his baseless theory that he will be reinstated as president in August, the National Review reported.

Charles C. W. Cooke, a senior reporter for the National Review, confirmed New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman’s reporting that Trump has told a number of people that he believes he will re-enter the White House as president as August.

“Haberman’s reporting was correct,” he wrote. “I can attest, from speaking to an array of different sources, that Donald Trump does indeed believe quite genuinely that he – along with former senators David Perdue and Martha McSally – will be “reinstated” to office this summer.”

He added: “Trump is trying hard to recruit journalists, politicians, and other influential figures to promulgate this belief – not as a fundraising tool or an infantile bit of trolling or a trial balloon, but as a fact.”

Haberman tweeted Tuesday that Trump had told a number of people about his belief that he would re-enter the White House in August as a sitting president.

“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),” Haberman tweeted.

The baseless theory has been circulating among Trump supporters and fringe conservative media outlets for months, Insider’s Jake Lahut reported.

It is based on the belief that President Joe Biden’s victory will be overturned following “audits” of last year’s presidential election in states including Georgia and Arizona. Trump and his allies filed more than 40 legal challenges to last year’s election result, all of which failed.

Mike Lindell, the chief executive of MyPillow, has been a vocal proponent of the theory that Trump will be reinstalled to the White House in August. He told Trump’s former advisor Steve Bannon that the theory was “100% real.”

Lindell also took credit for Trump’s reported belief in the August deadline, telling the Daily Beast: “If Trump is saying August, that is probably because he heard me say it.”

Sidney Powell, a former attorney for Trump, also pushed the theory at a conference over the weekend.

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