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After Trump: Even if he loses the next election, the damage he’s done to our political system will be lasting.

David Frum
 

By David Frum (Original source The Atlantic)

“President Donald Trump is not much of a humorist, yet he never tires of joking that he might not leave office.

Toasting Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in March 2018, Trump said: “He’s now president for life. President for life … I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday.”

At a rally in Elkhart, Indiana, two months later, Trump mused about getting an “extension” of his presidency beyond the eight-year constitutional maximum.

This May, he retweeted Jerry Falwell Jr.’s suggestion that Trump should get a two-year extension of his first term as “reparations” for what Falwell called “the corrupt failed coup”—the special counsel’s investigation and related inquiries.

In July he tweeted jokingly (“just kidding”) about staying in office for “10 or 14” more years.”

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