President Donald Trump suggested he’d love an “extension for the presidency” and that the media would love it because he keeps the ratings up at a Tuesday night Indiana rally. Of course, Trump also seemed to conveniently forget that a limit to the presidency is a cornerstone of this country’s democracy. It’s literally written in the constitution.
“Unless they give me an extension for the presidency, which I don’t think the fake news media would be too happy about,” Trump said. “Wait, wait, wait, actually, they would be happy. Because when I’m not here, their ratings are going to sink.”
Trump jokes about "extending the presidency" past two terms.......... pic.twitter.com/NVYki079ym— Kate Riga (@Kate_Riga24) May 11, 2018
This isn’t even the first time Trump has flirted with the idea of doing away with presidential term limits. Back in March, CNN reported that Trump suggested he supported Chinese president Xi Jinping’s decision to name himself “president for life” in China by changing the country’s constitution. “I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll want to give that a shot someday,” Trump reportedly said.
But while Trump half-seriously jokes about the constitution, he also, at least superficially, supports congressional term limits. A few weeks ago, he tweeted about a “terrific meeting with a bipartisan group of freshman lawmakers” who support Congressional term limits.
I recently had a terrific meeting with a bipartisan group of freshman lawmakers who feel very strongly in favor of Congressional term limits. I gave them my full support and endorsement for their efforts. #DrainTheSwamp— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2018
This is a stance Trump has voiced during the campaign trail. Politico reports that in October 2016, Trump suggested placing a six-year limit for members of the House of Representatives and a 12-year limit for Senators.