The New York Times' Maggie Haberman is now reporting that Donald Trump is telling people he will be reinstated as president by August. The context here is that over the weekend Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, said there should be a coup in the US like what happened in Myanmar a few months ago. MyPillow guy Mike Lindell has been saying for weeks now that August is around the time when Trump will return to power. More and more QAnon people are getting attached to this timeline now. Haberman tweeted yesterday that, “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).” She went on to say that, “it isn’t happening in a vacuum. It is happening as he faced the possibility of an indictment from the Manhattan DA.”
The idea that a Myanmar-style coup could happen in the US has been floating around QAnon and other conspiratorial circles for a few months now. It’s easy to laugh these people off as delusional, and they certainly are, but the events of January 6th show us that there could be more serious threats to watch out for. Maybe there could be another flare up after the August return to power doesn’t happen. Or perhaps after this deadline passes and Biden is still president, these committed Trumpists will simply move on to arguing that the 45th president will be returning at some later time. Eventually after a year or two more of doing this, they’ll give up on the idea, but at that time, Trump will likely be ready to launch his third run for president and they’ll settle for him taking office in January of 2025.
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