Donald Trump proposes three-term presidency in wild NRA speech but it would violate US constitution

Gun Rights

Donald Trump has hinted at a possible three-term presidency in a speech to the National Rifle Association, blatantly ignoring the US Constitution’s limits.

Addressing a throng of firearm enthusiasts at the NRA’s annual gathering on Saturday, the ex-president mused about the possibility of serving a third term if victorious in November. Speaking to the audience in Dallas, he said: “You know, FDR 16 years – almost 16 years – he was four terms.

“I don’t know, are we going to be considered three-term? Or two-term?” His remarks prompted some in the audience to shout “three” in support.

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The former president was speaking to gun owners


The former president was speaking to gun owners
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Despite the clear constitutional barrier posed by the 22nd Amendment, which was ratified after Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s unprecedented fourth term and restricts presidents to two terms, Trump has previously toyed with the notion of a third term during his 2020 campaign trail.

Joe Biden’s campaign is likely to seize upon these remarks as evidence of Trump posing a danger to democratic principles and established norms. Yet, Trump appeared to dismiss the prospect of pursuing a third term back in April.

In an interview with Time magazine, he expressed disinterest in challenging the 22nd Amendment. “I wouldn’t be in favour of it at all. I intend to serve four years and do a great job. And I want to bring our country back. I want to put it back on the right track. Our country is going down. We’re a failing nation right now. We’re a nation in turmoil,” Trump declared.






Many of the crowd lapped up the idea of a third term


Many of the crowd lapped up the idea of a third term
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During a speech to thousands of National Rifle Association members, who officially endorsed him just before he took the stage at their annual meeting in Texas, Trump made his stance clear. “We’ve got to get gun owners to vote,” he declared, adding, “I think you’re a rebellious bunch. But let’s be rebellious and vote this time.”

In his address, Trump emphasized that the Second Amendment “is very much on the ballot” come November. He warned that if Democratic President Joe Biden “gets four more years they are coming for your guns, 100% certain. Crooked Joe has a 40-year record of trying to rip firearms out of the hands of law-abiding citizens.”

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The Biden administration has taken several measures to combat gun violence, including a new rule aimed at closing a loophole that allows tens of thousands of guns to be sold annually by unlicensed dealers without performing background checks. Trump, however, has vowed to continue defending the Second Amendment, which he believes is “under siege.”

Trump has self-proclaimed as “the best friend gun owners have ever had in the White House” amidst the United States grappling with record numbers of deaths due to mass shootings. The previous year concluded with 42 mass killings and 217 deaths, marking it as one of the deadliest years on record.

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