September 15, 2020
At an indoor rally on September 12—held in Nevada, a state in which such gatherings are illegal—President Donald Trump once again suggested that he would serve three terms in office, telling attendees of the campaign event that he was “probably entitled” to an additional four years following a hypothetical second term, Business Insider reports.
“And 52 days from now we’re going to win Nevada, and we’re going to win four more years in the White House,” Trump told the mostly maskless, non-socially-distanced crowd of his supporters on Saturday. “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.”
Although the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was ratified in 1951, established that a president may not serve more than two terms, this is not the first time that Trump has insinuated that he plans to help himself to a third term.
We are going to win four more years,” Trump said 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.”
In November 2018, Trump told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that he would not seek a constitutional amendment to permit him to serve more than two terms in office. He made the clarification after he had praised Chinese President Xi Jinping’s abolishment of presidential term limits.
“He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great.” Trump said in March 2018. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday.”
“I think the eight-year limit is a good thing, not a bad thing,” Trump later told Wallace in 2018, although he has continued to float the idea of a third term.
According to Business Insider, Trump frequently has argued that he’s been treated unfairly in comparison with his predecessors, often pointing to the Russia investigation and his impeachment.
In August, at a rally in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the president similarly suggested he was owed a third presidential term.
Research contact: @businessinsider