In a new fundraising video for the National Republican Senatorial Committee — which is a committee within the Republican Party that handles Senate races — former President Donald Trump said that the GOP is going to “take back” the House, Senate, and White House “sooner than you think,” which (in the context of other recent reporting) suggests that he believes he’s going to be reinstated as president in the near future. Maggie Haberman of The New York Times recently reported that Trump “has been telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated by August.”
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). https://t.co/kaXSXKnpF0
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 1, 2021
It’s troubling, of course, that the Republican Party continues to (for the most part) provide space and support for this deranged rhetoric. There is, of course, no credible evidence for the idea that Trump will be imminently reinstated as president.
In the new fundraising video, Trump says as follows:
‘I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support you’ve shown. We’re gonna take back the Senate, take back the House, we’re gonna take back the White House – and sooner than you think. It’s going to be really something special. But the love and the affection and the respect that you’ve given all of us, it’s really important. The Republican Party is stronger than it’s ever been, and it’s going to be a lot stronger than it is right now. We’re gonna turn it around. We’re gonna turn it around fast.’
Check out Trump’s remarks below:
Trump in a fundraising video for the NRSC: “We’re gonna take back the Senate, take back the House, we’re gonna take back the White House – and sooner than you think. It’s going to be really something special…” pic.twitter.com/nAPcc57joj
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) June 5, 2021
Trump has not let up with his delusional claims that last year’s presidential election was somehow rigged for Joe Biden, and Trump uses this baseless allegation as a foundation for his rhetoric against Biden’s win. With his insistence that some kind of grandiose election-rigging conspiracy was present, Trump basically sounds like he’s living in a fantasy world at this point — although Republicans are still (mostly) touting him as a central party leader anyway.
At a speech that Trump delivered on Saturday to the North Carolina Republican Party, he reiterated his election fraud delusions, referring to last year’s presidential race as “the crime of the century.” He also angrily said as follows:
‘We’re not going to have a country — if you don’t have election integrity, and if you don’t have strong borders, our country can be run like a dictatorship and that’s what they’d like to do… They want to silence you. They want to silence your voice. Remember, I’m not the one trying to undermine American democracy. I’m the one that’s trying to save it.’
Trump’s idea of “American democracy” entails the silencing of his own political opponents. After the announcement that New York state Attorney General Letitia James was criminally investigating his company, Trump complained (referring to James) that “[if] you can run for a prosecutor’s office pledging to take out your enemies, and be elected to that job by partisan voters who wish to enact political retribution, then we are no longer a free constitutional democracy” — but the ability for groups of voters to band together and enact meaningful pushback against a certain governmental leader is one of the key features of democracy.