Donald Trump repeated an alarming claim at a campaign rally in Minden, Nevada on Saturday, suggesting that he will seek a third term as president in spite of this being blatantly unconstitutional. He said that he deserves a third and will “negotiate” for one if he wins a second term because he feels that is is “probably entitled to another.”
“And 52 days from now we’re going to win Nevada, and we’re going to win four more years in the White House,” he said. “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.”
This is not the first time that Trump has suggested seeking more than the allowed two terms as president. A month ago, he said basically the same thing, but offered up the unsubstantiated claim that the Obama administration spied on his campaign prior to the 2016 election as an excuse.
“We are going to win four more years,” he said at a Wisconsin rally. “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.”
A month before that, he suggested delaying the election in November “until people can properly, securely and safely vote,” which many found deeply alarming, including within Trump’s own party.
“Never in the history of the federal elections have we not held an election, and we should go forward,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
This suggestion from Trump was part of his sustained campaign against mail-in voting, which would likely be the only safe and viable way to ensure that everyone can exercise their right to vote during a pandemic involving a highly infectious virus. In spite of participating in mail-in voting himself, the president has claimed without evidence that others voting in this way would somehow result in widespread fraud.
These incidents have many worrying that Trump is attempting to undermine the election before it happens so that he can refute the legitimacy of the results should he lose.