Delusional Thinking

Recently, Maggie Haberman, reporting for The New York Times, said Donald Trump believes he will be reinstated as President of the United States in August. This sounds utterly ridiculous, and I attributed it to right-wing news sources and others trying to keep the big lie” in the news cycle.

Apparently, it’s true.

The story by Haberman has been confirmed by Charles Cooke of The National Review.

I can attest, from speaking to an array of different sources, that Donald Trump does indeed believe quite genuinely that he — along with former senators David Perdue and Martha McSally — will be reinstated” to office this summer after audits” of the 2020 elections in Arizona, Georgia, and a handful of other states have been completed. I can attest, too, that Trump is trying hard to recruit journalists, politicians, and other influential figures to promulgate this belief — not as a fundraising tool or an infantile bit of trolling or a trial balloon, but as a fact.

Let me be clear: this is not fact and not going to happen. This is delusional thinking.

First, there is no do-over. It’s done. Trump is not coming in to take over sitting behind the Resolute Desk. Biden will remain President until his term is ended, he resigns, or, heaven forbid, he dies in office. Even then, Trump doesn’t get to be President again. Kamala Harris assumes the office. Also, Biden isn’t resigning from the Presidency any time soon and Harris would be the benefactor again anyway not Trump.

That is not how America works, how America has ever worked, or how America can ever work. American politicians do not lose their reelection races only to be reinstalled later on, as might the second-place horse in a race whose winner was disqualified. The idea is otherworldly and obscene.

Can someone please take the orange man yelling at the clouds to his bed? He obviously needs his meds.

June 3, 2021


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