President Trump joked to supporters at an outdoor rally in Florida on Wednesday that he could stay in office for “10 or 14” years, saying it would be a good way to provoke the news media.
The president told the crowd that if he suggests he might stay in office past two terms, the media would respond by saying “see, he’s a despot.”
“There’ll be headlines tomorrow: ‘Donald Trump wants to break Constitution,’” Trump predicted, before adding that he was making the comments to annoy “fakers” in the media.
“In six years, they’re all going to be out of business,” Trump said of news outlets.
After bashing the media, Trump "jokes" about serving more than 2 terms in office. Funny how that seems to be a recurring topic for him these days. pic.twitter.com/IBtGuMkGcI
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 9, 2019
Trump made a nearly identical “joke” in April while speaking to a group of Veterans after receiving a gift: “This will find a permanent place, at least for 6 years, in the Oval Office… I was going and say at least for 10 or 14 years, but we would cause bedlam if I said that. So we’ll say 6.”
Trump on gift given to him by veterans: "This will find a permanent place, at least for 6 years, in the Oval Office… I was going and say at least for 10 or 14 years, but we would cause bedlam if I said that. So we'll say 6." pic.twitter.com/hvBat6uXGq
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 18, 2019
Trump on Sunday retweeted an account suggesting two terms be added to his presidency to compensate for the length of the special counsel’s investigation. He later tweeted that two years of his term were “stolen.”