All Trump Wants for Father's Day is an Unconstitutional Third Term

Gabrielle Bruney
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From Esquire

The proud dad of Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, and Barron took to Twitter Sunday to wish a happy Fathers Day to his critics and suggest that the public might want him to serve a third term of office-which would be completely unconstitutional.

After starting off his Sunday morning Tweet storm by once again branding The Washington Post and New York Times” “the Enemy of the People,” Trump laid out a fantasy in which Americans might “demand” that he serve more than his allotted term.

“The [good news] is that at the end of 6 years,” wrote Trump, "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), both of these horrible papers will quickly go out of business & be forever gone!”

This isn’t Trump’s first time suggesting that 8 years in office might not be enough for him. After Chinese President Xi Jingping abolished term limits in his own country, Trump said that he liked the sound of limitless rule. "He's now president for life," Trump said of Xi last year. "President for life. No, he's great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll have to give that a shot some day."

In April, he joked that he might remain in office for another “10 or 14 years.” And in May, Trump retweeted a message from Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. that suggested his term should be extended by two years “as payback for time stolen” by the Mueller investigation.

However, he’s also previously said that he wouldn’t pursue extending his term-in an interview with Fox News’s Chris Wallace in 2018, Trump said that he believes the "eight-year limit is a good thing, not a bad thing."

Of America’s 45 presidents, only FDR has served more than two terms. He was elected to four terms of office, and died in 1945 during the 12th year of his presidency. Six years later, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, limiting presidents to two terms.

There’s been some discussion of reconsidering the limit in the years since. Though he willingly stepped down after his second term, in 1987 Ronald Reagan discussed campaigning to repeal the 22nd Amendment for the presidents that would follow him. Ironically, Reagan himself proved an excellent argument for the necessity of term limits-he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1994, and some who knew him, including his one of his sons, say that the president exhibited signs of the disease while he was still in office.

On Sunday, Trump also posted a Father’s Day message that contained a shout out to his “worst and most vicious critics.” According to reporters for CBS and Fox, the president will spend the holiday golfing with Lindsey Graham.

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