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Trump isn’t returning to the White House in August. Here’s why

Former first daughter-in-law Lara Trump said maybe Republicans are to blame for not pushing back enough against false allegations of 2020 election fraud

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President Donald Trump speaks at a Jan. 6, 2021, rally in Washington.

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo with the White House in the background, President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Washington.

Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press

Donald Trump lost reelection in 2020 and will not be reinstated to the White House in August, but this hasn’t stopped the former president and his supporters from perpetuating false speculation of his return.

On Fox News show “Fox and Friends,” former first daughter-in-law Lara Trump told the hosts she wasn’t aware of any plans for former President Trump to return to the White House later this summer, Politico reported.

  • “I think that that is a lot of folks getting a little worked up about something just because maybe there wasn’t enough pushback, you know, from the Republican side,” Lara Trump said Thursday of rumors about her father-in-law’s reinstatement, according to Politico.

Trump isn’t returning in August

The rumor of Trump’s August return to the Oval Office was first reported earlier this week by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman — who has covered Trump since before his bout in politics.

  • “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 said in a tweet on Tuesday.
  • “It isn’t happening in a vacuum. It is happening as he faced the possibility of an indictment from the Manhattan DA,” she added on the Twitter thread.

MyPillow CEO and staunch Trump supporter Mike Lindell told The Daily Beast on Wednesday, “if Trump is saying August, that is probably because he heard me say it publicly.”

  • According to The Daily Beast, Lindell promoted the conspiracy that the 2020 election would be overturned and Trump would “be back in by the end of August” on Steve Bannon’s podcast “War Room” in late-May.

Former President Trump — who began promoting the idea that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent while he was still in office — has insisted, falsely, as recently as Memorial Day that he won the election.

  • “Great work is being done in Georgia revealing the Election Fraud of the 2020 Presidential Election,” Trump said in a statement on May 31.

No evidence of election fraud

Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency announced last fall that “the Nov. 3 election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result,” the Deseret News reported.

In December, then-Trump administration Attorney General William Barr told The Associated Press that the Department of Justice found “no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election.”