When New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman shared that Donald Trump had told ‘multiple people’ he would be reinstated as President in August, she was roundly mocked and criticized. Now a conservative writer is confirming that his sources say the same thing.
In a piece for the National Review, Charles C. W. Cooke declares, “Maggie Haberman is right.” Through his own sources, he says he can confirm that Trump truly believes he’ll be reinstated, along with two former Republican Senators, in a few short months.
Cooke goes on to address the right-wing criticism, where many called the story ‘fake news’ and painted it as an example of an attack on Trump, suggesting that this knee-jerk rejection of the report is harmful, and that like everyone else, Trump is “subject to gravity, open to rebuttal, and liable to be laughed at when he becomes so unmoored from the real world that it is hard to know where to begin in attempting to explain him.”
However, even as right-wing readers dismiss the story as an attempt to slander Trump, leftists read it and accused Haberman of worshipping at the altar of an ex-president who thrives on the attention.
Trump enjoying the spotlight might be a legitimate criticism — Cooke, too, says that Trump is “trying hard to recruit journalists, politicians, and other influential figures to promulgate this belief,” and that he’s not just doing it to raise money or to troll, but because he genuinely believes it.
Still, even out of office, Donald Trump has a significant influence in his party. He’s still being invited to speak at GOP conferences (and his campaign sees to be supporting what Cooke calls Trump’s “fantasy world” by describing him as “President Trump” and his speech as Presidential) and is still lauded as the leader of the party.
If Trump has the ear of top-level Republican donors, candidates, and elected officials, then his claims have power and relevance, and warrant concern and oversight, even when they are impossible within the U.S. Constitution — after all, so is inciting an attack on Congress to overturn an election.
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