Just last week, Donald Trump called the Republican speaker of the Wisconsin state Assembly with an urgent message: He needed him to overturn the 2020 election results in the state.
“He would like us to do something different in Wisconsin,” Robin Vos told CNN affiliate WISN about a recent phone call with Trump. “I explained it’s not allowed under the Constitution. He has a different opinion.”
If you’re counting, it’s been 624 days since the November 2020 election. (It’s only 839 days until the 2024 election.) And the former President of the United States simply cannot give up the idea that by hook or by crook he could well be reinstated as president (or at least declared the winner of the 2020 race).
It’s worth noting before we go any further: There is zero evidence that the 2020 election – either nationally or in any swing state – was either fraudulent or stolen.
Anyone who follows Trump’s social media presence on Twitter Truth Social can see that he is simply not ready to give up the last election just yet.
“My two Georgia phone calls were PERFECT,” wrote Trump on Wednesday morning, referencing calls he placed to pressure election officials in Georgia to overturn the 2020 election results. “It was a Constitutionally permitted challenge to what I consider to be a corrupt election. It is the election itself that should be under investigation, not those seeking the truth.”
On Tuesday night, Trump tweeted truthed a link to an article from The Federalist, noting: “This story is a must-read for all those that PRETEND there was no Fraud in the 2020 Presidential election.”
That same night, Trump released a statement that amounts to a threat against Vos.
“This is not a time for him to hide, but a time to act!,” wrote Trump. “I don’t know his opponent in the upcoming Primary, but feel certain he will do well if Speaker Vos doesn’t move with gusto.” (And no, I have no idea why Trump capitalized the word “primary.”)
Trump’s obsessive focus on the last election does raise questions about the next one.
If Trump runs, as expected, will the entirety of his campaign be focused on how he was allegedly cheated out of the presidency in 2020? Because that’s the only thing Trump has really talked about since the last election.
And if re-litigating the last election is at the heart of Trump’s 2024 appeal, will that persuade even Republican voters who are predisposed to like him? Elections do tend, after all, to be about the future, not the past.
The Point: Trump has been a one-trick pony since the end of the 2020 election. Is there some other message for 2024 beyond “I was robbed” in 2020?