Trump’s ‘2 years added’ retweet incites panic over president not leaving office

BTW

Yesterday afternoon, during one of his classic retweeting benders—which has gotten him in plenty of trouble recently—President Donald Trump retweeted Rev. Jerry Falwell Jr., who called last week the president’s best week ever.

“I now support reparations-Trump should have 2 yrs added to his 1st term as pay back for time stolen by this corrupt failed coup,” Falwell wrote.

While Trump retweeting it doesn’t endorse the idea that his term should be extended—and there are varieties of safeguards in place to prevent a president from refusing to leave office—that tweet helped create an online panic over the weekend.

The retweet, though, comes on the heels of other speculation/panic over Trump’s departure from the Oval Office. In his congressional testimony, the president’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, said he didn’t believe Trump would leave when his term was up.

And in a recent interview, House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif). said she thought Democrats needed to win by a resounding margin to prevent Trump from contesting the results.

Trump himself added to the fervor this morning when he tweeted that Democrats couldn’t win an election “fairly.”

However, much like the unfounded panic that Trump wouldn’t accept the results of the 2018 midterms, he would have to completely toss out the Constitution and seize power in a total coup.

It’s possible, but it was probably just a tweet he found funny and not indicative of a real concern.

(But feel free to bookmark this to laugh at me when I’m wrong.)

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David Covucci

David Covucci

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