INDIANAPOLIS – Save the date! Donald Trump’s Second Inaugural is set for Aug. 15, “in front of the U.S. Capitol Steps.”

There is a delicious irony in that, with Trump’s second inaugural scheduled some eight months and nine days after what his new spokeswoman, Liz Harrington described not as an ‘insurrection,” but as a “peaceful protest.”

“You had January 6,” Harrington said. “They opened the door to the Capitol … it’s not an easy building to get into ... They opened the door and people walked through. Some people just walked in. And now they are being kept for misdemeanors in some political jail. What is happening here? What about the people who burned down St. John’s Church?”

Fox News host Tucker Carlson noted that some of the people who simply walked through the door have been branded “unindicted co-conspirators.” Carlson: “What does that mean? In potentially every single case they were FBI operatives” who were “organizing the attacks on Jan. 6, according to government documents.”

Huh?

The Bulwark’s Charlie Sykes explains: “Exit take: Even as the GOP insists that it doesn’t want to relitigate the whole coup thing, the ret-conning of the insurrection is intensifying. And this is why we need a bipartisan independent commission more than ever.”
 
At Trump’s Second Inaugural, for which 30% of Republicans in a Hill-Harris X Poll say will "likely" happen, there will be “special musical stars” Ted Nugent and Kid Rock. To attend, you’ll be expected to write a $1,200 check to the Save America PAC. Rumor has it that the Hendersons and that pillow guy will all be there, late from Pablo Fanque’s Fair. Henry The Horse (not the mini Schnauzer) is expected to dance the waltz.

Trump’s Second Inaugural will come two months and a day following his 75th birthday, for which U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski obtained 10,000 signatures wishing him well. Those beyond the 10,000 signatures were cast aside, presumably, along with the more than 7 million votes that made Joe Biden the current illegal president, along with the 11,800 votes that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger failed to come up with despite the phoned in Grub Hub order from the sitting president of the United States.

Or as Trump told Fox News Maria Bartiromo, “Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes. I got 63 million votes four years ago and won quite handily in the Electoral College, won quite handily. We did very well. I got 63. We had glitches where they moved thousands of votes from my account to Biden’s account. And these are glitches. So, they’re not glitches. They’re theft. They’re fraud, absolute fraud.

“And what happened?” the 45th president of the United States asked. “If you watched the election, I was called by the biggest people, saying, congratulations, political people. Congratulations, sir. You just won the election. It was 10:00. And then they did dumps. They call them dumps, big, massive dumps, in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and all over.”

In past elections, “dumps” weren’t considered piles of bullshit; they would be described as returns from urban areas, which in the old days of the late Gary Mayor Rudy Clay, would take longer to count than those from sparsely populated rural areas.

The Hill reported Wednesday that prior to Trump’s second inauguration on Aug. 15, the reoccurring president has created a litmus test for 2022 and 2024. “This is oppo in 2022,” said one Republican strategist involved in several top races this year. “Primaries are all about distinguishing your opponents. Everyone’s pro-Trump, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment. Or at least they pretend to be.”

“Allegiance to Trump is the litmus test for Republican primary voters today. And a candidate who isn’t is no different than a pro-choice, anti-NRA Republican trying to win a GOP primary,” said one Republican strategist involved in a 2022 Senate race, who asked for anonymity to be candid. “Unwavering support for President Trump has become one of the bedrocks of the Republican primary electorate.”

This explains why U.S. Sen. Todd Young’s quest for a Trump endorsement was waved off after he had declared that QAnon U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was an “embarrassment” to the GOP. Sen. Young also had the audacity to say just days after Jan. 6, “I think we need to name and shame members of the media who were out there perpetuating mistruths and deceiving individuals. I think the same applies to politicians who are out there perpetuating things that are completely false and deceiving constituents.”

Trump’s Second Inaugural Address is expected to be a forward looking speech, as opposed to the many grievances he has uttered since rampant voter fraud erroneously installed Biden into the White House. Gone, too, is all that “American carnage” stuff from Jan. 20, 2017, and Jan. 6, 2021, which Trump had accurately forecasted, “It will be wild!”

“We spent nearly two hours with the President, with President Trump, who’s in great spirits,” reported U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, who along with U.S. Rep. Victoria Spartz met with the shadow president at Bedminster last week. “We talked for most of the time about the work that the Republican Study Committee is doing to define the agenda for the future course of the Republican Party, which is fighting for the Trump agenda. We talked about our election integrity bill, the Save Democracy Act, which he was very supportive of, and we talked about what we’ve done to define immigration moving forward.”

Banks said that President Trump has vowed to hit the campaign trail for candidates that support the RSC’s message ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, just like he did for those two Republican Georgia senators, who somehow lost on Jan. 5. “We believe we take back the majority by focusing on the Trump agenda, and President Trump plays a big role in that,” he said.

It is unclear whether Mike Pence will return to the vice president’s role he occupied from January 2017 until he attended Joe Biden’s unwarranted inauguration on Jan. 20. He’s moved out of the Naval Observatory and into new Carmel digs. If he shows up, expect him to be seated near the gallows.

Into this pre-Aug. 15 void has come Antifa. Or as President Trump told Bartiromo, “If I wasn’t here, Antifa would be running this country right now. They’d be running the country.”

Until Aug. 15. Save the date. 

Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana. Follow him on Twitter @hwypol.