Trump Just Suggested He May Name Himself 'President For Life'

Trump Just Suggested He May Name Himself ‘President For Life’

President Donald Trump is spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate. He is dining with fellow billionaires, playing golf, and alternating tweets between criticisms of the mainstream media and self-congratulations. That is not a surprise.

What was a surprise, actually more of a stunner, was a comment Trump made in a speech to donors, which appeared to support Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent efforts to amend the Chinese constitution in order to eliminate term limits, and set himself up to be president for life.

“Don’t forget China’s great and Xi is a great gentleman. He’s now president for life. And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll give that a shot someday.”


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Trump Talks President For Life And Naturally Suggests Himself

“China’s great”? Wasn’t China a currency manipulator according to Trump all during his campaign?

The remarks earned cautious and uncomfortable laughter from the crowd, which no doubt will allow Sarah Huckabee Sanders to say from the podium on Monday that Trump was “only joking.” In remarks last week when asked about the proposed change in Chinese term-limits, Sanders described the term-limits as a

“decision for China to make about what’s best for their country.”

She then added:

“The president has talked about term limits in a number of capacities during the campaign. It’s something that he supports here in the United States. But that’s a decision that would be up to China.”

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The reaction of the crowd and the denials from the Press Secretary aside, did the President of the United States really suggest that ‘President for Life’ might be a good thing for America? And that “Maybe we’ll give that a shot someday?” Yes. That actually happened. And it seems clear he meant especially if HE were that president, one has to logically assume.

Remember when Rush Limbaugh used to lob the accusation repeatedly in 2016 that President Obama would refuse to leave office if Trump was victorious. Limbaugh would ask listeners,

“Although what evidence do we have that Obama’s leaving?” 

He would answer himself in a skeptical tone,

‘Well, Rush, the Constitution says … “

What would Limbaugh and Hannity and the rest of the Jade Helm conspiracy theorists have said to their followers if President Obama actually made such a suggestion?

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Sure, Trump’s spokeswoman says he supports term limits. But he is early in the second year of his first term, and already he’s raised several red flags on the issue, praising the kind of dictatorial behavior American Presidents of both parties have always condemned. He has heaped praise on Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose political enemies and media critics have a pattern of being murdered. He praised Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, whose thugs beat protesters in his own country and even in ours, as a ‘close friend’. He praised Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte for his toughness on (murdering of) drug dealers, and recently suggested we kill drug dealers too. He even praised North Korea’s Kim Jong-un for his skills at dispatching dissenters. These are all strongmen, dictators, who have in many ways abolished the rule of law and used murder and intimidation to sway public opinion the way American politicians use stump speeches.

So are we simply to accept, given that Trump fancies himself the best in the world at whatever the role is (president, businessman, dealmaker, salesman, genius), and that he is fascinated by and praises the most dangerous dictators in the world, that it is just humor when he remarks that he thinks it’s “great” that China now has a dictator for life? Are we supposed to just laugh when he says maybe America give having a “President for life” a try? Even when we know that this egomaniac is almost certain to inevitably suggest that naturally he would be uniquely qualified for the job

No! That is not funny. It is terrifying. Fortunately, changing the 22nd Amendment, which limits American presidents to two terms, would require the votes of two-thirds of the members of Congress and three-fourths of the states. Trump could not win the popular vote in 2016 and has become less popular since, so that is not happening. That only leaves a military coup.

But just the same, where is Rush Limbaugh’s red flag now? And seriously, can we get this impeachment going already? Because this guy is starting to take this nation down roads that lead to very, very dark places.

Featured image photo by Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images.

Dave Weaver is a freelance political journalist and author. Born in Pennsylvania, which was home most of his life, Dave has called Maryland, New York, Kentucky, Arkansas, Ohio, and Maine home over the last decade. All the wandering has allowed Dave to experience America (and Americans) from a variety of perspectives. For a political junkie, the insights gained from this exposure are invaluable.

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Dave Weaver is a freelance political journalist and author. Born in Pennsylvania, which was home most of his life, Dave has called Maryland, New York, Kentucky, Arkansas, Ohio, and Maine home over the last decade. All the wandering has allowed Dave to experience America (and Americans) from a variety of perspectives. For a political junkie, the insights gained from this exposure are invaluable.

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