President Donald Trump posted to his Twitter and Instagram pages an image of a campaign poster that bears his name and the year 2024, appearing to jest, once again, that he would try to serve beyond two terms.
Trump has joked previously that he would seek to serve more terms than is lawful and shared a video on social media of himself on the front cover of Time magazine suggesting he would be president forever.
His supporters view this as trolling their political opponents, teasing them about their worst fears of Trump and duping the media into earnestly reporting on the president’s desire to seek more terms than he is allowed, despite it being a joke.
Presidents have a two-term limit under the 22nd Amendment of the Constitution, which was ratified by Congress in 1947. Some of Trump’s critics fear he is not joking when he suggests that he would abolish or ignore the term limit on presidents.
There is, of course, another way Trump could stand in 2024: By losing the election in 2020. The two terms do not have to run concurrently and were Trump to lose the next election, he could put his hat in the ring again for the one after.
At his rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, this week, Trump noted that the U.S. is set to host the FIFA World Cup in the future—and again suggested he could run for a third term.
“We’ve got a problem: It’s in 2026,” Trump told his supporters. “And I said, well wait a minute, under the normal rules I’ll be out in 2024. So we may have to go for an extra term, OK?” Trump continued as the crowd cheered.
“Oh they’re going crazy, they’re going crazy. Tomorrow you’re going to see headlines, ‘Trump wants an extra term, I told you, I told you.’ He wants an extra term, ladies and gentlemen. We told you. We told you, he’s a dictator.”
The president said he was “only kidding” about serving an extra term.
Back in June, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd asked Trump about the third term jokes. “I only joke, I only joke,” Trump said. “I joke and I say watch, I will drive Chuck Todd crazy.”
“I said in a speech recently, I said watch, we’ll drive the media crazy, let’s go for a third term and then a fourth. And some of the media said he is going to do it,” he added.
Trump said he would accept the result whatever happens in 2020.