During a high energy rally in Lexington, Kentucky Monday, President Trump needled critics who call him a “dictator” by joking he could stay in office another 5,9,13, 17 or even 21 years.
TRUMP: “Fake news media, fake news. Look at all of them.
What they don’t know is that when we hang it up in five years or nine years or 13 years or maybe 17 years or maybe if I still have the strength, 21 years.
See, now they’re going crazy. Now, they’re like, see, I told you he was a dictator. He wants to take charge and control of our country. These people are crazy.”
Ironically, while Trump was pretty clearly trolling, many of his critics expressed concerns and took his joke at face value and proof that he wants to stay in power beyond two terms.
Trump just incited crowd to cheer to his remark that he could hold office for 21 more years.
Those in the crowd cheering do not even understand how he is deeply undermining our republic and their own freedoms and liberties.
— Publius (@ThePublius2020) November 5, 2019
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