Donald J. Trump, the president-turned-failed blogger, has had a crazy week. Bumbling around a resort, regaling strangers with wild yarns about a stolen election, he doesn’t have much to do. We heard that one of the things he’s supposedly been promising them is that he’ll be reinstalled in the White House in August. How do you do it? Surely not even he is aware of it. It’s hardly shocking, though, to learn who would have given him this foolish idea.
Mike Lindell, nicknamed My Pillow Guy, claims to be the guy who influenced Trump to accept this fairy tale account as truth, according to The Daily Beast. The billionaire, whose massive bedwear fortune may be stolen from him by Dominions Voting Systems, told the Beast, “If Trump is saying August, it is probably because he saw me say it publicly.”
This could be one of the only things Lindell has said in the last six months that can be proven. As the Beast reminds out, he did participate on Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast late last month, where he said the important words, “I believe Donald Trump will be back in by the end of August.” He also predicted that leftists, such as Rachel Maddow, would finally confess the election was rigged.
Of course, it’s unclear who coined the August statement first – whether Trump heard Lindell say it first and subsequently repeated it to others. The Beast dug deeper into Trump’s August claims, which were initially reported by The New York Times, and discovered the following:
In the past few weeks, two people close to Trump told The Daily Beast, the ex-president had begun increasingly quizzing confidants about a potential August return to power. What’s more, he claimed that a lot of “highly respected” people—who Trump did not name—have been saying it’s possible. Both of these sources said they decided not to tell the former president what they were thinking, which was that it’s not going to happen.
On one hand, this all seems cartoonishly unlikely. On the other — and not to sound paranoid — stranger things sure have happened.