Could Donald Trump’s supporters demand three terms for the president? Mr. Trump himself seems to think so. In one of his morning tweets, the president seems to suggest that his supporters might demand a third term for him at the end of his–yet to happen–second term.
We all know that Trump has some very loyal supporters. He, himself, said during the 2016 elections that he could shoot somebody dead in the middle of New York and not lose a single supporter because of it. But this time, he may have just gone too far.
In a totally trumpish way, the 45th president of the United States sent out a tweet this morning wondering whether his supporters would demand a third term for him at the end of his second term—assuming he will win a second term. “The good news is that at the end of 6 years, after America has been made GREAT again and I leave the beautiful White House (do you think the people would demand that I stay longer? KEEP AMERICA GREAT),” Trump twitted.
However, the 22nd amendment explicitly prohibits a person to serve more than 2 terms. “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once,” the original text of the amendment reads.
The amendment was passed by United States Congress on March 21, 1947 and ratified by the requisite number of states on the 27th of February in 1951. Before then, only one President had served more than two terms. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected four times in a row between 1932 and 1944. He died only a few months into his fourth term on April 12, 1945.
It’s not the first time that President Trump has made reference to a third term. In a recording obtained by CNN last year, Trump can be heard talking about the possibility of abolishing term limits for the presidency. “Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day,” he said in reference to the abolishment of term limits in China.
The only difference though is that China is one-party communist dictatorship while the United States has a democratic system with congressional oversight over the executive. To pass such an amendment, Trump would need the total support of his party–which most likely would not happen–as well as the support of a significant number of democrats, which is even less likely to happen.
President Trump has also recently caused another controversy by saying that he was open to receiving foreign help to defeat his opponent in the 2020 elections. He later denied ever saying so despite being recorded on camera.