At a rally on friendly turf in Kentucky Monday night, President Trump joked about being a dictator for up to “21 years” if “I still have the strength.”
“Fake news media, fake news. Look at all of them,” Trump said as the crowd booed members of the press inside the arena.
“What they don’t know is that when we hang it up, in five years, or nine years, or 13 years, or maybe 17 years, or maybe if I still have the strength, 21 years,” he jokingly told the crowd to loud cheers and applause.
“See, now they are going crazy,” he said as he pointed toward reporters.
“Now they’re saying, ‘See I told you he was a dictator, he wants to take charge and control of our country,’ ” he added. “These people are crazy.”
Trump has previously joked about serving more than two terms, including at a campaign rally in May, when he told a crowd that he could potentially serve a fifth term in the White House with their help.
In April he told a crowd that he might remain in the Oval Office “at least for 10 or 14 years.”
In June Trump suggested in a tweet that his supporters might “demand” that he serve more than two terms as president.
That same month, Trump shared a doctored video depicting him campaigning for office indefinitely on the cover of Time magazine.
In September, Trump suggested he might remain in office beyond a second term while discussing the 2026 FIFA World Cup.