President Trump seemingly cannot resist the temptation to spark potential constitutional crises. And now he's said he would seek a third term if he won re-election on Monday night.
During a rally in Wisconsin, the president falsely told a cheering crowd that he deserved an additional eight years in office because his campaign was spied on in 2016 (an assertion his own FBI refuted in a report).
“We are going to win four more years,” Trump said. “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,” he said, like a true dictator.
The Constitution, as Trump may or may not know, limits the presidency to two full terms.
During the same rally, Trump went on a rant about how well the economy was performing before the pandemic, even those who attended “crummy colleges” and “dumb people.”
Monday evening was also the first night of the Democratic National Convention, and Trump, whose main strategy to attack the Biden-Harris ticket is racist birtherism, continued to attack the Democrats, saying "nobody treated Joe Biden worse than Kamala."
Trump suggestion of running for a third terms is, of course, not the first time Trump has said something drastic and unprecedented in relation to America's democratic elections.
Trump suggested last month that the November election be delayed “until people can properly, securely and safely vote.” This was widely considered an “extraordinary breach of presidential decorum,” even for him.
Not to mention the US Postal Service crisis: on Sunday, Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of a "campaign to sabotage the election", after the USPS warned that millions of mail ballots may not arrive in time to be counted in the election.
While some people were shocked at his unconstitutional rhetoric on Monday, others noted it was business as usual.
One Twitter user said:
Didn't we all know he's trying to turn America into an authoritarian regime? It was clear from the beginning.
But thankfully the US constitution will probably make it difficult to do that, alongside the other checks and balances on the president's powers.