Republicans Are Giving Up On Trump’s Vaunted “Reinstatement” And He Can’t Handle It
Donald Trump has spent 2021 telling his supporters that the outcome of the 2020 election was falsified, promoting scammy “audits” of the vote and even supporting a MyPillow conspiracy theory that the election will somehow still be overturned, and that he’ll be reinstated. However, fewer of his fans are believing, and that could hurt his fundraising strategy.
At the beginning of August, MSNBC reported that Donald Trump had been the “most successful fundraiser in his party for the year,” crediting one Big Lie for much of that success. His fundraising can be tracked together with his rallies, blog posts, and other pushes of the false claim that he won the 2020 election, supporting this.
However, as the promises of “absolute proof” of election fraud have continued to fall apart, it seems some of Trump’s party is giving up on the idea.
Morning Consult reported in June that 29% of Republican voters believed that Trump would be reinstated as President of the United States by the end of the year. However, numerous promises of election fraud evidence, including Mike Lindell’s Cyber Symposium, fizzled away unfulfilled, and by the end of that event, YouGov was polling reinstatement-believers at a lower level.
While a massive percentage (77%) of Republicans still said they believed Joe Biden wasn’t legitimately elected, only 23% still believed that anything would be done to alter those results.
Now, a month later, Donald Trump seems frantic to convince his voters — or donors — that there’s still a chance.
Right-wing media site OANN reports that in an interview, Trump reiterated his claims of election fraud, and actually declared that he believes the 2020 election will be decertified.
He suggested that more states will run audits like the one in Arizona (in which the auditors have fought not to be forced to reveal communications with Trump and supporters) and made a bold assertion:
“We won the election by a lot and they rigged it and it’s a terrible thing and I do believe they are going to decertify this election.”
There continues to be neither evidence to support the election fraud claims, nor precedent for removing a duly-elected President or “reinstating” an ousted one.