Today, in deranged things that actually came out of President Donald Trump’s mouth: On Saturday, September 12, while speaking at a campaign rally in Nevada, the president said that after winning the 2020 election in November, he’ll “negotiate” a third term in office—which, of course, is unconstitutional under the 22nd Amendment.
“Fifty-two days from now we’re going to win Nevada, and we’re going to win four more years in the White House,” Trump said to the mostly maskless crowd. “And then after that, we’ll negotiate, right? Because we’re probably—based on the way we were treated—we are probably entitled to another four after that.” Don’t believe it? Here’s the video:
Of course, many people on the internet are rightfully alarmed by this. “He’s gone full Putin,” Joy Reid tweeted on September 14.
“He’s not joking,” another person said.
As Business Insider reports, this isn’t actually the first time the president has suggested he’s owed more time in office.
“We are going to win four more years,” Trump said at a rally in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, last month, according to Yahoo News. “And then after that, we’ll go for another four years because they spied on my campaign. We should get a redo of four years.”
It’s also worth noting that even if Trump was joking, he’s fully aware of the ramifications of statements like these. After a recording of Trump praising Chinese president Xi Jinping’s abolishment of presidential term limits in November 2019, Trump went on Meet the Press to clarify his statements.
“I only joke,” he told Chuck Todd. “There won’t be a third term.”
As for what he was heard saying on the recording? “He’s now president for life,” Trump said of Xi, per CNN. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday.”