1108 Friday the 13th

Critics mock believers

in former President Donald Trump’s 

‘reinstatement day’

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell predicted 13 August would mark Donald Trump’s return to the Oval Office.

1090 Friday August 13

August 13th is the day to watch out for 

"The morning of August 13, it'll be the talk of the world," Mr Lindell said during an appearance on a conservative podcast. However now that the day has come, President Joe Biden is still firmly in the White House.

I had been introduced to Mike Lindell - the world's most eminent dunderhead - and his idiotic conspiracy theories by one of my readers:

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Mr Trump’s critics spent the day mocking conservative conspiracy theorists who bought into the idea that he would somehow be returned to office.

Was Donald Trump Reinstated as President?

Was he? New Republic

“So who’s got tickets to the Trump re-inauguration and what are y’all planning to wear???” Hashtag “TrumpReinstatement.”

‘Is Trump president again?’

Lincoln Project launch web page mocking

‘reinstatement day’ conspiracy

Anti-Trump conservative group The Lincoln Project has launched another scathing attack on the former president’s most loyal followers.

This time, the political action committee takes aim at those that believe the conspiracy theory that Donald Trump will be back in office on the morning of 13 August.

Specifically, they target MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, one of the most prominent proponents of the wild idea that Mr Trump will somehow be swept back into the White House on Friday.

In a post on Twitter, the group says: “Mike Lindell said Donald Trump would be back in office the morning of August 13th.”

A video clip of Mr Lindell ranting during an interview with Christian broadcaster Brannon Howse and making false claims about the 2020 election. He specifically mentions 13 August.

The video then says: “The wait is over,” before instructing people to visit isTrumpPresident.us “to find out if he was right.”

He was not and the site says a simple: “No.”

Twitter users were quick to mock Mr Lindell in response to the post. One wrote: “Yep… it is all over the TV right now… Trump has just been reinstated!!.. Oh my Gosh!!... Mikey was right all along!”

“When are these people going to be institutionalised?” asked another. “Enough already.”

The bizarre conspiracy theory suggesting that Mr Trump will be “reinstated” as president in August has even caused concern at the Department of Homeland Security, according to reports.

Mr Trump himself apparently believes he will be reinstated in August, according to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. It is unclear why, although Mr Lindell reportedly suggested the former president may have settled on the idea because he had heard others – including him – saying it publicly.

The theory has been largely dismissed as the latest in a series of substance-free predictions of the sort pushed by QAnon.