Despite his predictions, Trump won't simply be reinstated as president

Former President Donald Trump is reportedly setting his sights on a quick return to the White House.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted Tuesday that Trump has been telling confidants that he expects to be reinstated as president by August as a result of ongoing election audits in states like Arizona and Georgia.

While there is no constitutional or legal remedy to overturn the results of an election once the Electoral College votes have been certified by Congress, Trump appears to be betting that the findings from highly partisan audits might somehow convince enough people of his bogus claim that fraud cost him the election.

A Yahoo News/YouGov poll released last week found that 64 percent of Republicans believe that the 2020 election was “rigged and stolen from Trump,” but the courts have not been as kind to the former president, almost unanimously turning back his legal challenges to the results (Trump’s lawyers won a single case in Pennsylvania that did not affect the final results). Recounts and official audits of the votes in several states have also failed to overturn President Biden’s victory in both the popular vote and the Electoral College.