Swirls of speculation ignited social media on Sunday when former President Donald Trump showed up, unannounced, in the Washington, D.C., area — for only the second time since he left office in January 2021.
Excited influencers and pundits suggested Trump’s visit indicated everything from a coup to emergency surgery at Walter Reed to his turning himself in before he was arrested. Dreamers like to dream.
According to The Western Journal, freelance journalist and YouTuber Andrew Leyden of Penguinsix announced Trump’s visit.
In a video posted at about 6 p.m. on Sunday, Leyden said that Trump was “on his way to Washington,” citing “aircraft spotters I hang out with.”
Leyden traveled to Dulles International Airport in Virginia and captured video of Trump getting off his plane and driving away.
In the video, Leyden speculated that the former president was heading to his golf club in Potomac Falls, Virginia, based on the direction of Trump’s motorcade.
Others were not convinced Trump’s visit did not have some greater purpose and were quick to share pictures and videos of his motorcade.
The Western Journal noted that “speculation ran wild as observers guessed why Trump could be back in Washington.”
In parsing through the possibilities, Newsweek noted that Trump was wearing golf shoes.
Others were sure the former president was about to be indicted.
The outlet also noted that Trump could have traveled to Washington for a scheduled Monday speech by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Kushner is slated to speak at an America First Policy Institute and Abraham Accords Peace Institute event.
Dash Dobrofsky, the host of Uncovering The Truth, wrote:
Journalist Seth Abramson mocked the abundance of theories:
“I’m seeing many people saying he’s at Walter Reed with no evidence to support the claim. Others are saying he’s going to be arraigned tomorrow, but DOJ has implied it’ll take no such action pre-election.”
Abramson tweeted. “A search of a Trump DC property? Possibly—but no evidence of *that*, either.”
Abramson added: “FWIW, I’m guessing that some of the speculation about Trump going to Walter Reed comes from him being dressed tonight as he was the last time he went there (i.e., open shirt, no tie). It’s true Trump usually travels in a tie, but evidence-wise this is *really* slim pickings, IMO.”
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