While some Democrats and media pundits have openly worried if Trump would be willing to leave office if defeated or when his term runs out, it’s worth noting 2020 candidate Michael Bloomberg literally changed the rules so he could run for an unprecedented third term as NYC Mayor.
Per Breitbart, as the Wall Street Journal noted toward the end of his three-term tenure:
Perhaps Mr. Bloomberg’s most controversial move was running for a third term in 2009 by engineering the repeal of a law passed twice by voter referendum limiting city elected officials to two terms. That decision colored his final years in office, as his approval ratings fell from the high 60s and never again cracked 50% in his third term, according to Marist. Voters reinstated term limits in 2010.
Bloomberg argued that only he could steer the city through the fallout of the global financial crisis in 2008. Almost half of New Yorkers disagreed: Bloomberg only won his third term by an unexpectedly narrow margin, barely reaching 51 percent, just five points ahead of his challenger.
Later, the Journal noted, Bloomberg voted in 2010 to reinstate a two-term limit, meaning that only he could enjoy a third term.
He called his third term “an extraordinary one-time thing.”
Bloomberg qualified Tuesday for Wednesday’s presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Paris Theater at 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET on MSNBC.