Xi Jinping gives Trump a great idea!
“He’s now president for life,” Trump said of his Chinese counterpart. “President for life. He was able to do that. I think it’s great.”
And then the zinger: “Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot.”
That statement put the wind up all the pussies and wimps like CNN and MSNBC’s Morning Joe who wailed, “That’s the scariest thing Trump has said as President!”
But true American patriots, the Average Joes and the Suzie Qs, and certainly the Deplorables think it’s a great idea. Bring it on!
The maximum length of time a President may serve — two four-year terms — was set by the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was ratified in 1951 after being strongly advocated by Republicans after Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to a fourth term.
FDR was president from 1933 to 1945, but died before he could finish his fourth term, which was finished by Vice-President Harry Truman.
President Reagan was all for repealing the 22nd Amendment on the ground that a President’s effectiveness is restricted in his final term, whereupon he becomes a “lame-duck” President.
”I would like to start a movement to eliminate the constitutional amendment that limits a President to two terms,” Reagan once said in an interview. “I wouldn’t do that for myself, but for Presidents from here on.”
Ergo, The Donald.
The 22nd Amendment could be repealed, but such an action would first have to be passed by a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and House of Representatives, and then it would have to be ratified by three-fourths of all state legislatures across the U.S.
Another approach is to propose the amendment to repeal at a Constitutional Convention, which would require a two-thirds majority of the state legislatures. Once the amendment is before the convention, it would need the approval of three-fourths of the states.
Complicated and difficult — but not impossible.
And if anyone can do it, it’s The Donald.