Friday, August 30, 2019


Josh Marshall is right about the last sentence of this tweet from the president:

I've been assuming that Trump is just trolling us when he says he wants to be president for "six years – or maybe 10 or maybe 14, right?" But he brings this up both as trolling material and as a grievance -- and it's a grievance he won't let go of.

One of Trump's core beliefs is that he can get around every law or rule. (To be fair, he's a rich person in America, so this is generally true.) Why wouldn't he believe that the presidential term limits contained in the 22nd Amendment can be finagled?

And I'll remind you again what I said a few months ago: Trump comes from a city where legally mandated mayoral term limits really do seem finagle-able. Mike Bloomberg persuaded the City Council to vote him (and the Council's own members) an exemption from the city's two-term limit, and he won a third term. Bloomberg's predecessor, Rudy Giuliani, tried to extend his term after the 9/11 attacks, and had a number of interested parties on his side, though he ultimately failed. It's no surprise that Trump thinks he can do the same.

To Trump, being term-limited means he's less of a man than heads of state for life such as Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping. That's the primary reason he wants to keep the job forever.

If Trump wins again, winning the right to pursue a third term will probably be his top priority as president. For Trump, the point of being president is being president. I don't think he can bear the thought of not being president someday.

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