- President Donald Trump on Saturday once more suggested he might spend three terms – 12 years – in office, saying he was “probably entitled” to it.
- Trump at times throughout his presidency has suggested he’d spend more than two terms in office.
- The Constitution’s 22nd Amendment, which was ratified in 1951, established that a president may not serve more than two terms.
- Before the ratification of that amendment, Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected four consecutive times, serving 12 years as president before his death in 1945.
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President Donald Trump on Saturday once again suggested interest in serving three terms in office, telling attendees of a campaign event in Nevada that he was “probably entitled” to an additional four years following a hypothetical second term.
“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-distant crowd of his supporters on Saturday. “And then after that, we’ll negotiate, right? Because we’re probably â€” based on the way we were treated â€” we are probably entitled to another four after that.”
Trump has frequently argued that he’s been treated unfairly in comparison with his predecessors, often pointing to the Russia investigation and his impeachment. Throughout his first term as president, Trump has also frequently floated the idea that he will attempt to serve more than two terms in office.
"We're gonna win four more years in the White House, and then we'll negotiate, because based on the way we were treated, we're probably entitled to another four years after that" — Trump, slurring, began his rally in Nevada by teasing that he intends to serve more than two terms pic.twitter.com/dgPjimP7Rv
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 13, 2020
In August, at a rally in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the president similarly suggested he was owed a third presidential 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, though he has continued to float the idea of a third term.
In June 2019, Trump told the “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd that he was only joking when saying he’d try to serve more than two terms as president.
Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson established an unofficial two-term limit, though President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to the office four times, in 1932, 1936, 1940, and 1944, serving 12 years as president before his death in 1945. In February 1951, the 22nd Amendment was ratified, limiting American presidents to serving two terms in office.
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