President Trump has been ominously joking with increasing frequency about staying in office for more than two terms — and it appears the messaging push to justify his eventual subversion of the Constitution has begun in earnest.
In a deeply disturbing tweet, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee announced that he would be joining FOX News’ resident tinfoil hat enthusiast Sean Hannity to “explain” how President Trump will be eligible for a third term due to the “illegal attempts by Comey, Dems, and Media” to oust him.
I'll be on @seanhannity 2nite @FoxNews at 9pm ET and will explain how @realDonaldTrump will be eligible for a 3rd term due to the illegal attempts by Comey, Dems, and media , et al attempting to oust him as @POTUS so that's why I was named to head up the 2024 re-election.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) December 12, 2019
This, of course, is complete nonsense. The Constitution of the United States is extremely clear about that:
Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this Article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
But Huckabee’s words make Trump’s constant jokes about staying in office and serving more than two terms a very disturbing prospect indeed. Through the FOX News channel and the rest of the billionaire-funded media machine, the right-wing can lay the groundwork for an eventual abolishment of term limits or simply ignoring them entirely by promoting this absurd narrative to their viewership and begin instilling the idea in the minds of the public that this would not only be okay but it would be the right thing to do.
The success of the Trump administration’s lies to the public shows us that this is a threat we cannot afford to take lightly. Our very democracy is at stake.