Donald Trump Suggests He Could Be a Three-Term President at NRA Convention

Trump allies involved in the Christian nationalist movement Project 2025 have previously proposed a repeal of the 22nd Amendment if he is reelected

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump suggested that he could go down in history as a three-term president during a National Rifle Association event over the weekend.

While delivering a keynote speech for the NRA Leadership Forum as part of the organization's annual convention on Saturday, May 18, Trump voiced his thoughts on the duration of his presidency if he returns to the White House next year, referencing the last president who served more than two terms.

"You know, FDR, 16 years – almost 16 years. He was four-term," Trump noted during his speech. "I don’t know, are we going to be considered three-term or two-term? You tell me."

A person in the audience shouted "three."

"Are we three-term or two-term if we win?" he asked again.

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The twice-impeached former president, who was indicted on felony charges in four separate criminal cases in 2023, launched another presidential campaign in late 2022. Now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, he is expected to again face off with incumbent Joe Biden in November.

In March, The American Conservative — a right-wing blog — published an article in support of repealing the 22nd Amendment, which was ratified after FDR's tenure to prohibit people from being elected president more than twice.

The blog, which is a partner of the Christian nationalist movement Project 2025, advocates for Trump to be able to serve a third term as president in 2028 if he wins the current election.

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Project 2025 is described as a "a broad coalition of conservative organizations," many of which have links to several former members of the Trump administration, including Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows. The group aims to "take back the government" and ensure a Republican win in this year’s election.

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In an April interview with TIME, Trump denied knowledge of The American Conservative’s proposal to abolish the amendment and allow him to run for a third term. When asked if he would consider challenging the amendment, he said, "Well, I would, and I don't really have a choice, but I would."

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He added, "I’m at a point where I would, I think, you know, I would do that. Look, it’s two terms. I had two elections. I did much better on the second one than I did the first."

However, he denied interest in running for a third time, saying, "But no, I'm going to serve one term, I'm gonna do a great job. We're gonna have a very successful country again…"

When asked a second time if he’d challenge the amendment, he said: "I wouldn't be in favor of it. I wouldn't be in favor of a challenge. Not for me. I wouldn't be in favor of it at all. I intend to serve four years and do a great job."

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Biden and Trump are set to have their first debate of the 2024 election cycle on June 27 in CNN's Atlanta studios. The debate will be moderated by Jake Tapper and Dana Bash.

Their second debate will be hosted by ABC and is scheduled to take place on Sept. 10 with David Muir and Linsey Davis as moderators.

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