I'll be back! Trump threatens an August return to Oval Office. Is a coup on the cards?

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Wednesday, June 02, 2021, 07:02 PM IST
article-image
Fans unroll a banner in support of former U.S. President Donald Trump during game between Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on May 27, 2021 |

In November 2020, US President Donald Trump and his legion of supporters reacted with stunned disbelief as Democratic candidate Joe Biden led the tally on a majority of seats. Republicans (both the politicians and the supporters) were not having any of it. They called for a recount, alleged voter fraud and even joined their President candidate in tweeting up a storm of fury. Eventually in January 2021, they stormed the US Capitol, demanding that the true winner (President Trump of course) be reinstated for a second term in office.

Several months later, it would seem that nothing has changed. The former President continues to insist that he had won the polls - be it at a Mar-a-Lago wedding toast or at rallies - and his supporters continue to urge others to 'save America'. At the beginning of March, QAnon proponents had insisted that Trump was set to make a triumphant return to the White House. And while this did not happen, many have not given up hope.

According to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, Trump has been "telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated by August". Not to be outdone, Trump supporters including former national security adviser Michael Flynn have declared recently that the US should face a Myanmar-style coup.

And while far be it from us to suggest that the former President is planning a coup against his successor, the evidence is not particularly reassuring.

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. To receive it on Telegram, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

RECENT STORIES

Maharastra: CM Eknath Shinde reaches Goa, Sanjay Raut to appear before ED

Maharastra: CM Eknath Shinde reaches Goa, Sanjay Raut to appear before ED

14 dead, several still trapped in Manipur landslide site; rescue operations continue

14 dead, several still trapped in Manipur landslide site; rescue operations continue

Amid rising COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, Mumbai witnesses downward trend

Amid rising COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, Mumbai witnesses downward trend

Mumbai live updates - Waterlogging at Sion-Bandra Link Road following heavy rainfall

Mumbai live updates - Waterlogging at Sion-Bandra Link Road following heavy rainfall

Mumbai: Two days of heavy rainfall raises water stock to 10.5%

Mumbai: Two days of heavy rainfall raises water stock to 10.5%