The morning after Donald Trump returned to front-line politics with a speech in North Carolina, a close adviser poured cold water on his alleged belief that he will be reinstated in the White House when Joe Biden is shown to have beaten him thanks to an electoral fraud.
Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s first campaign manager in 2016 and a loyal partner since, told Fox News Sunday that Trump “lost the election.”
In fact, he did, by more than 7 million votes in the popular vote and by 306-232 in the electoral college, a result that Trump called overwhelming when he favored Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Experts agree that there was no massive electoral fraud in 2020. However, according to multiple reports Trump has told his aides that he believes they will reinstate him.
Lewandowski said he had “spoken with the president dozens, if not more than 100 times since he left the White House and I have never had that conversation about his reinstatement.”
But, he added: “I am not aware of any provision in the constitution that allows it to occur, nor do I know of any provision in the constitution that allows a person who lost an election to return if a recount is deemed inaccurate.”
On Friday, Facebook announced that it would suspend Trump for two years, at the lowest point in his drive to reverse his defeat: his incitement to the deadly attack on the United States Capitol on January 6.
In Greenville on Saturday, Trump said he was “not very interested” in returning to Facebook in 2023. Yet Facebook is a vital fundraising and communications resource for candidates for public office, which Trump could still be in 2024. He also called the decision to suspend him “so unfair.”
On Sunday, Nick Clegg, the former British Deputy Prime Minister who is now Facebook’s vice president for global affairs, told ABC’s This Week: “For Donald Trump, of course, we don’t expect him to welcome him. [our] decision. However, we hope that reasonable observers believe that we are acting in the most reasonable and proportionate manner possible in these difficult circumstances. “
In North Carolina, Trump also repeated his lies about the election, which he called “the crime of the century,” and referring to Republican attempts to restrict voting and nullify the results, he said: “I am not the one who is trying from undermining American democracy, I am the one who is trying to save it. “
Clegg was asked, “If the President delivered the speech he gave last night in January 2023, would the suspension be extended?”
The Facebook executive declined to respond, saying he hadn’t heard the entire speech, but said he thought people didn’t want Facebook “to be some kind of truth cop” and said inciting violence was more of a concern. than lie.
“No matter who you are,” Clegg said, “you can be the Pope, the Queen of England, the President of the United States, you cannot use our services… to aid, incite, encourage or praise acts of violence. . “
Trump spoke for 90 minutes on Saturday, covering family issues as he began a series of appearances that some believe portend another race for the presidential nomination in a party that still dominates.
Trump repeatedly hit Biden and addressed hot topics among conservatives. His successor, he said in one of those comments, was “pushing the critical theory of toxic race … in the schools of our nation. Joe Biden and the Democratic Socialists are the most radical Democrats in our nation’s history. “
Trump also steadily took aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci, the senior public health official with whom he often disagreed in his last year in office, when the coronavirus took hold of him.
Fauci, 80, has served seven presidents since 1984 and is now Biden’s top medical adviser. Trump said that “he was not a great doctor, but he is a great promoter, he has been wrong on almost every issue.”
On Sunday, Lewandowski said: “If we are going to follow the science and listen to Dr. Fauci, who has been elevated by the media as the leading expert on this topic in the world, listen to what Dr. Fauci said.”
Lewandowski mentioned Fauci’s initial advice against wearing masks, which Fauci has said was intended to preserve supplies for medical personnel; Fauci’s opinion on travel bans, that he saying it would be irrelevant if a pandemic started; and a statement that “through your government agency [Fauci] funded at least $ 800,000 of government taxpayer money for the Wuhan lab. “
US funds they were routinely assigned to laboratories in China.
Republicans have seized on a new interest among US intelligence agencies in the theory that the coronavirus escaped from a Chinese laboratory. Most public health experts still believe that the virus is more likely to have reached humans through animal consumption, but Fauci is among those who have saying the theory of laboratory leaks might turn out to be true.
Lewandowski suggested the formation of an unlikely commission of inquiry, with two former secretaries of state.
“Let us appoint Secretary Mike Pompeo and perhaps Secretary Clinton to investigate why 600,000 Americans have died from this. Let’s hold China accountable. “
Repeating a line from Trump’s speech, he also said that the United States should “ask for the reparations that they owe not only to us, but probably to the world, and I think $ 10 trillion.”
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism