In another alarming comment in a series of remarks that have left critics shaking their head at how little regard the man has for the constitution, President Trump said recently that in the event that he wins reelection in November, he plans to “negotiate” a third run in 2024.
At a Minden, Nevada rally, Trump predicted a 2020 win and said he believed he would carry Nevada although he lost it by a narrow margin in 2016.
Trump said, “After that… we’ll negotiate,” and added that he is “probably entitled to another four after that” based on “the way we were treated.”
These comments are similar to ones Trump made at a Wisconsin rally in August when he said he would win four more in 2020 and then “go for another for years” because, he said, “they spied on my campaign,” referencing his unfounded “Obamagate” theory.
Trump’s one-time fixer but now critic, Michael Cohen, makes the argument that we should not disregard Trump’s comments as humor. He insists that Trump wants to “change the Constitution” and “actually believes he should be the “ruler” or “dictator” of the U.S.
Cohen has speculated that if Trump wins reelection, “he is going to automatically day number one start thinking how he can change the Constitution for a third term, and then a fourth term.”
Cohen says we should look at Trump’s affinity for dictators as a sign that he has similar ambitions. “Like what he said to President XI and like what he said to so many other people,” Cohen said, “It’s why he admires the Kim Jong Uns of the world.”
And just what does the constitution say? After Franklin D. Roosevelt’s unprecedented four-term presidency, the22nd amendment to the constitution was ratified in 1951. It strictly prohibits any president from seeking more than two terms in office and to alter that, Trump would have a nearly insurmountable task ahead of him given the current hyper-partisanship that exists today.
Currently with Biden leading Trump by 7.5%. nationally in the RealClearPolitics average, Trump needs to focus on just getting a second term.