MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is no longer assuring his supporters that former President Donald Trump will be reinstated by the end of August.
Over the past few days, the businessman conceded his dubious strategy to overturn the election, dependent on what he claims will be indisputable evidence of fraud brought before the Supreme Court, may take longer than previously advertised.
Lindell told a crowd at a rally in Antrim County, Michigan, on Saturday that his August prediction was “me being hopeful,” adding later, “I could be off by a month or so, I don’t know.” Lindell also said he still hopes to bring his case before the high court in July.
That follows an interview with the Daily Beast last week in which he described his repeated assurances that the eighth month of the year would be when Trump replaces President Joe Biden in the Oval Office as “subjective.” He also admitted: “I don’t know if it will be that month.”
For weeks, Lindell has been making headlines for saying Trump would make a return to the White House in August and even defended picking that month.
“I wouldn’t be out there doing this if it wasn’t 100% real,” Lindell told former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on his podcast in April. “We have three paths to pull down this election. … I’m still sticking to August of this year. That’s my opinion.”
Last week, the media was saturated with reports that said Trump himself has been discussing the prospect of being reinstated in August with people in his orbit. Lindell told the Daily Beast he didn’t “know for sure” but guessed “if Trump is saying August, that is probably because he heard me say it publicly.”
Jason Miller, a top adviser and spokesman to Trump, told Newsmax it is “not true” when asked to comment on the “story” that Trump would be reinstated by August. And Lara Trump, who is married to Donald Trump’s son Eric, appeared Thursday on Fox News and cast doubt on whether Trump has talked about being reinstated, although she didn’t preclude the possibility.
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,” she said, adding that one explanation could be “a lot of folks getting a little worked up about something just because maybe there wasn’t enough pushback from the Republican side.”
Legal experts have been busy over the past several days pushing back against claims by Trump allies such as Lindell and attorney Sidney Powell, saying there is no legal mechanism for a former president to be reinstated. Corey Lewandowski, a campaign manager for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, even conceded on Fox News Sunday that there is no such constitutional pathway.
Dozens of election fraud lawsuits across the country have been dismissed by the courts. The Supreme Court rejected the last of Trump’s election challenges in March. Federal and state election officials have insisted there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 contest. Trump’s own Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released a statement in November that said the Nov. 3 election was “the most secure in American history.”
Still, Lindell, who is engaged in high-dollar legal warfare with voting machine companies in 2020 election lawsuits (which he says is separate from his Supreme Court endeavor), insisted in Michigan on Saturday there is yet a “royal flush in a poker game” to play as he discussed his litigation plans and the push for 2020 election audits in places around the country like the one taking place in Maricopa County, Arizona.
At the end of his speech, after admitting August might have been too optimistic, he left the audience with this message: “The election will get pulled down, and Donald Trump will be your president this year.”
Author : Daniel Chaitin
Source : Washington Examiner : Mike Lindell concedes Trump may not be reinstated by August as advertised