Trump will not be reinstated as President in August
The claim: Donald Trump will be reinstated as president in August
Supporters of Donald Trump are promoting a conspiracy theory on social media suggesting the former president will return to the White House in August, even though he lost the 2020 election eight months ago.
The theory gained traction after the CEO and founder of MyPillow Mike Lindell and former Trump lawyer Sidney Powell claimed unfounded in conservative media appearances that the Supreme Court would find evidence of electoral fraud and that a new nomination date would be set. (Lindell denied to USA TODAY that she ever said Trump would be reinstated specifically on August 13.)
Now the claim has made its way to social media.
The user captioned the image: “SOON VERY SOON 08-05 2021.”
The post has over 500 reactions and over 300 shares. Likewise, some YouTube users claimed Trump would return to power on August 13.
Trump himself reportedly told his allies that he thought he would be reinstated in August, according to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. A Politico / Morning Consult poll found that 29% of Republican voters believe Trump will return to the White House this year.
Lindell claimed evidence of electoral fraud would come to light at a ‘cyber symposium’ event in August and the Supreme Court would overturn 2020 election results with a 9-0 vote, which would lead to Trump’s return in power.
But the narrative that Trump will be reinstated as president is based on disproved conspiracy theories – not facts. Previous predictions of Trump’s return to power have proven to be wrong. There is no constitutional way for Trump to return to the White House before President Joe Biden’s term ends.
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USA TODAY has contacted Powell and the Facebook user who shared the post for comment.
No constitutional way to reinstate Trump
Experts say there is no constitutional provision allowing Trump’s reinstatement. There is also no legal way to overrule election results after Congress certified the Electoral College’s votes. Election audits promoted by Trump and his allies provide no mechanism for Biden to be removed from office.
The Constitution of the United States provides that the candidate having obtained the most votes from the Electoral College is president. A candidate must get 270 electoral votes to win.
Biden won 81 million votes Trump’s 74 million, giving him 306 electoral votes. These results were certified by Congress on January 6, after a pro-Trump mob stormed the United States Capitol. Biden took an oath at noon on January 20.
the 20th amendment says that “the terms of the president and vice-president will end at noon on January 20 … and the terms of their successors will begin then.” This means that Biden’s tenure will last until January 2025.
Persistent and baseless allegations of electoral fraud will not change this fact.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said in November that the 2020 elections were ” safest in American history. “Further, then Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department Finds No Evidence of Widespread Election Fraud which could change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election results.
Checking the facts: Trump lost the 2020 presidential election
Claims Trump will be reinstated gained popularity among followers of the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory, which says Trump is secretly fighting a cabal of powerful politicians and celebrities who participate in an international child sex trafficking ring. QAnon adherents falsely claimed that Trump would be reinstated on January 20 and March 4, none of which turned out to be correct.
Election audits won’t change the outcome
Trump supporters are clinging to the results of ongoing election audits to support the reinstatement theory. However, those recounts found no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.
Three separate audits election results in Georgia, where Biden defeated Trump by more than 10,000 votes, found no evidence of wrongdoing affecting the state’s results. An audit in progress in Maricopa County, Arizona, did not surface either any evidence of widespread electoral fraud. A number of manual recounts across the country claimed Biden’s victory.
At least 61 Trump campaign trials allegation of electoral fraud failed. Courts in battlefield states have denied hearing Trump’s calls to overturn the election results.
Business Insider reported that even if Lindell discovered widespread electoral fraud, Congress could only remove Biden by impeachment. If Biden were removed from office, Vice President Kamala Harris would become president, not Trump.
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The only way for Trump to return to the presidency would be to win the 2024 presidential race.
Our rating: False
The claim that Trump will be reinstated as president in August is FALSE, our research shows. The theory is based on debunked lies about the 2020 election and has been promoted by supporters of QAnon. There is no constitutional way for Trump to return to the White House unless he wins the 2024 presidential race. There is no evidence of widespread electoral fraud affecting the 2020 election results, and a number of manual recounts confirmed Biden’s victory.
Our sources of fact-checking:
- CNN, June 1 Sidney Powell fact check Trump could be reinstated
- WTSP, November 20, 2020, Once states certify election results, the process moves forward
- National Archives, accessed July 22 The Constitution of the United States: a transcript
- USA TODAY, January 20, ‘It’s America Day ‘: Biden inaugurated as 46th president, Harris sworn in as vice president
- Annotated constitution, consulted on July 22 Amdt20.2 Twentieth Amendment: doctrine and practice
- UNITED STATES TODAY, December 15, 2020, Fact check: Joe Biden legally won the presidential election, despite persistent claims to the contrary
- USA TODAY, January 4, Members of Congress who opposed Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory amid the Capitol riot
- UNITED STATES TODAY, November 12 Election security officials: “No evidence that voting systems are compromised”
- UNITED STATES TODAY, December 1 Attorney General Barr: Justice Department finds no evidence of fraud that could change election result
- Associated Press, July 9 QAnon has moved away from social media, but he’s just hiding
- Marc-AndrÃ© Argentino, January 14 Tweeter
- UNITED STATES TODAY, June 1 Fact check: no evidence of fraud in Georgia election results
- Associated Press, May 27 Listeners See No Fraud in Contested New Hampshire Election
- USA TODAY, January 6, By the numbers: President Donald Trump’s unsuccessful efforts to overturn the election
- Business Insider, June 2 Why Trump cannot be reinstated in August
- Associated Press, June 4 Trump 2024 race talks escalate as legal pressure intensifies
- George Panagiotakis, July 18 Facebook
- Plot Killer, July 7 Youtube
- Ballotpedia, accessed July 23 Striking stories from the United States
- USA TODAY, April 28, Fact-check: No election audit in Maricopa County found widespread electoral fraud
- USA TODAY, December 7, 2020 Georgia President Election Results
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