Trump Floating the Idea of ‘Negotiating’ a Third Term as President is a Terrifying Threat to American Democracy
The President’s obsession with establishing his own set of rules flies in the face of American ideals
The upcoming 2020 American presidential election has already become the most contentious in recent memory. Things may get even chippier in the wake of comments President Donald Trump made recently at a re-election rally event suggesting the possibility of exploring a third term if re-elected in November.
Speaking at a campaign rally in Nevada on Saturday, Trump told supporters, “And 52 days from now we’re going to win Nevada, and we’re gonna win four more years in the White House. 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.”
The Republican has often claimed receiving unfair treatment during his tumultuous term as President, also insinuating he has been owed for the perceived unfairness. Seemingly unable and unwilling to receive criticism, his ongoing petulance has left many stunned, especially in the wake of him being frequently caught in the act of incompetence, impropriety and dishonesty.
Although Franklin Delano Roosevelt served four terms (1933–1945) as President, the 22nd Amendment of the Constitution, which was ratified in 1951, limits a President to serving no more than two terms.
Even before the term limit was officially set, FDR’s extended presidency was due to nothing legally preventing him from doing so and the confidence the American people had in him as he navigated national crises like the Great Depression and World War II.
Trump even casually mentioning the possibility of seeking more than a second term, which is not the first time he has done so, is terrifying. American democracy ceases to be such once an individual seeks to circumvent the laws of the land.
These micro suggestions and actions on the part of Trump are clearly strategic. As he continues to pick like a vulture at the threads that holds the country’s political structure and ideals in place, he patiently observes what is tolerated and what is not before making his next move. It’s treacherous and scheming; designed to operate outside the confines of American legal and political structures — a cruelly irony given his “Make America Great Again” tagline that he has used as a rallying cry since first being elected.
Anyone who believes that suggesting something clearly prohibited by the Constitution is being done purely as tongue-in-cheek, or God forbid, actually somehow deserved, is turning their back on the United States and what has been hailed for so many years as what makes it the greatest country in the world. Ultimately, the response to such attacks on Democracy will ultimately prove if that reputation is deserved or not.