There certainly is nothing conventional about Donald Trump’s political career, and that hasn’t changed even now that he’s technically not even a politician. The latest unique twist to his tale comes after a pro-Trump lawyer made a wild suggestion last week.
The attorney in question was Sidney Powell, who has long been entrenched in the MAGA Movement and other radical elements of conservative base, who said just days ago that Donald Trump could simply be “reinstated” as the President of the United States. Powell did not offer any suggestion as to what the mechanism for such a maneuver would be, however.
Now it appears as though the former President is also using similar language to describe his situation.
Maggie Haberman of the New York Times covered President Trump while he was in office, and she now reports that he’s intent on getting back there sooner than people think. On Twitter, Haberman writes that Trump “has been telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated by August.” In subsequent tweets (there’s no Times story about this, at least as of Tuesday morning), Haberman writes that Trump is “laser focused” on state election audits still underway. “It isn’t happening in a vacuum,” she adds. “It is happening as he faced the possibility of an indictment from the Manhattan DA.” Haberman’s initial tweet on this was a reaction to a CNN story about Trump supporters wishing for a coup to restore him to office.
Whether Trump and Powell are using identical reason purely out of coincidence is not yet understood, but given their history of traveling in some similar circles, it certainly is possible that this “reinstatement” theory is percolating behind the scenes in Trumpland.