[guest post by Dana]
At his rally in Nevada this weekend, Trump suggested that he deserves a third term because he’s “entitled” to it:
President Donald Trump on Saturday once again suggested interest in serving three terms in office, telling attendees of a campaign event in Nevada that he was “probably entitled” to an additional four years following a hypothetical second term.
“And 52 days from now we’re going to win Nevada, and we’re going to win four more years in the White House,” Trump told the mostly maskless, non-socially-distant crowd of his supporters on Saturday. “And then after that, we’ll negotiate, right? Because we’re probably — based on the way we were treated — we are probably entitled to another four after that.”
This isn’t the first time Trump has approached the subject. Back in August, he claimed he should have a third term because his “campaign was spied on”:
“We are going to win four more years,” Trump said. “And then after that, we’ll go for another four years because they spied on my campaign. We should get a redo of four years.”
The victim/entitlement claim is a recurring theme with Trump.
Currently, he claims to have been a victim of The Atlantic, in which a report claims that the President referred to fallen U.S. soldiers in France as “losers” :
“It’s a fake story written by a magazine that was probably not going to be around much longer,” Trump said. “But it was a totally fake story, and that was confirmed by many people who were actually there. It was a terrible thing that somebody could say the kind of things, and especially to me, because I’ve done more for the military than almost anybody else.”
Consider his social media posts in response to a Supreme Court ruling that rejected his claim of absolute immunity, allowing a prosecutor to have access to both the president’s private and business financial records:
“PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT!” and “POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!” He wrote that the decision was “Not fair to this Presidency” and claimed that “Courts in the past have given ’broad deference’. BUT NOT ME!”
And here is how he positioned himself as the victim in the early stages of the pandemic:
Mr. Trump said that news outlets like CNN were “doing everything they can to instill fear in people,” while some Democrats were “trying to gain political favor by saying a lot of untruths.”
And as the pandemic went on:
Rather than taking responsibility for early failures, or admitting that he downplayed the threat, Trump wrapped up Thursday’s press briefing by complaining the media has not treated him “fairly.”
The US is well behind the rest of the world in testing for the novel coronavirus, which is due to faulty test kits sent out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last month. Though it’s clear the US is still struggling to make up for lost time due to these early stumbles, Trump on Thursday insisted the government was always prepared.
“We were very prepared,” Trump said. “The only thing we weren’t prepared for was the media. The media has not treated it fairly.”
And at the end of Thursday’s press conference, his big focus was not on what’s being done to prevent more Americans from being killed by this pandemic, but on how poorly Trump feels he’s been treated.
The president baselessly accused the media of being “dishonest” and “siding with China” in its coverage of coronavirus.
“It amazes me when I read the things that I read. It amazes me when I read The Wall Street Journal, which is always so negative. It amazes me when I read the — I don’t even read The New York Times, we don’t distribute it in the White House anymore and the same thing with The Washington Post,” Trump said. These remarks came two days after the Chinese government announced it was expelling US journalists working for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post.
Trump described these outlets as “corrupt news,” and went on to say only he knows the truth.
He also blamed Democrats for intentionally shutting down rallies during the pandemic to hurt him:
Trump, in an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” touted how he built the “greatest economy” until it was derailed by the coronavirus and pledged he would do it again, but that Democrats were trying to thwart his efforts.
“The Democrats are purposely keeping their schools closed, keeping their states closed. I called Michigan. I want to have a big rally in Michigan. Do you know we’re not allowed to have a rally in Michigan?” Trump said in the interview.
“Do you know we’re not allowed to have a rally in Minnesota? Do you know we’re not allowed to have a rally in Nevada? We’re not allowed to have rallies in these Democrat-run states.”
Anyway, you’ve already seen oodles of examples where Trump has blamed his woes on someone else unfairly attacking him. And if he is criticized for his lack of leadership, ineptitude, and corruption, he simultaneously lashes out at the offender while positioning himself as the victim. And because he is a victim in his own eyes, he really believes that he is entitled to…well, whatever he thinks he should have. It only makes sense that a sitting president who truly thinks that no politician “has been treated worse or as unfairly,” believes that he is entitled to a third term. I think in Trump’s eyes, only that could possibly make up for the sins of those who have treated him unfairly. After all, none of that which led to the criticism of him could ever possibly be of his own doing.