Not the first time he has done this, President Donald Trump on Friday morning insinuated he would like to extend his term beyond the four years granted by the nation’s constitution when he posed as a question the idea of being granted back “stolen time” that was taken from him because of the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and accusations of misconduct by former FBI head James Comey.
The disastrous IG Report on James Comey shows, in the strongest of terms, how unfairly I, and tens of millions of great people who support me, were treated. Our rights and liberties were illegally stripped away by this dishonest fool. We should be given our stolen time back?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2019
While the IG report this week chided Comey for handing off contemporaneous notes about his interactions with the president to a friend so that they could be provided to the press, the Justice Department said it would not pursue criminal charges against the former FBI director.
In reaction to Trump’s tweet suggesting he be given extra time on his current term, critics said the idea was ludicrous.
“Trump is talking about illegally extending his presidency again through a coup of his own making,” tweeted John Aravosis, liberal activist and editor of AmericaBlog. “It’s time Republicans started standing up for the country rather than the man.”
The "jokes" about serving more than 2 terms aren't funny anymore https://t.co/y6bvOuih4J
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 30, 2019
What do you mean "it's unclear what Trump meant" about getting his "stolen time back," @washingtonpost? You know exactly what it means: This shameless, lying grifter will refuse to leave office because he doesn't want to face charges. And the @GOP is fine with this.
— Cassie (@snarkysnowqueen) August 30, 2019
It’s not the first time Trump has talked about staying beyond his allowable limit or suggesting he would not cede the office.
In June, as Common Dreams reported at the time, Trump pinned a tweet to his timeline showing an online meme that depicted him holding power indefinitely. While critics then acknowledged that the behavior appears to be a form of trolling by the president, it still is a frightening suggestion that would be foolish not to take seriously or with at least some level of concern.
In response to Trump’s comments on Friday, many took the idea of “stolen time” and ran with it as they suggested that it was Trump’s presidency—predicated on racism, misogyny, xenophobia, environmental rollbacks, corporate giveaways, cruelty to children, fealty to wealthy elites, and an overall assault on decency and the common good—that had stolen so much time and progress from the country and the world.
“We should absolutely be given back our stolen time!” said one Twitter user, exemplary of many others. “And the whole Trump fiasco should be stricken from history. Everything Trump has done should be reversed as though it never happened.”
Trump’s megalomaniacal ego is ripping the country apart: Robert Reich
What is America really fighting over in the upcoming election? No particular issue. Not even Democrats versus Republicans.
The central fight is over Donald J Trump.
Before Trump, most Americans weren't especially passionate about politics. But Trump's MO has been to force people to become passionate about him – to take fierce sides for or against. And he considers himself president only of the former – whom he calls "my people."
Forget ‘The Apprentice’ — Trump’s taxes show he was really ‘The Biggest Loser’
Donald Trump's seemingly immovable approval numbers are a testament, above all other things, to the power of racism, and the way that 40 to 42% of Americans will stand by their man, no matter how bad things get, so long as he keeps hating the same people they hate. But that legendary floor of his — he has almost never dropped below 40%, or risen above 45% — is also a testament to the power of narrative fiction, especially of the televised variety.
A renowned violence expert explains why Trump’s psychopathology makes him so dangerous
This continues the series, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump Revisited: Mental Health Experts on the Devastating Mishandling of a Pandemic.” Whereas we could not have predicted a pandemic three-and-a-half years ago, the authors of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President anticipated how the president would respond, should there be a crisis. We tried to warn the public of the very consequences that are unfolding today: abuse of power, incompetence, loss of lives and livelihoods of many Americans, and increasing violence.
James Gilligan, M.D., is an adjunct professor of law at New York University. He is a renowned violence studies expert and author of the influential Violence: Our Deadly Epidemic and Its Causes, as well as Preventing Violence and Why Some Politicians are More Dangerous than Others. He has served as director of mental health services for the Massachusetts prisons and prison mental hospital, president of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy, and as a consultant to President Clinton, Tony Blair, Kofi Annan, the World Court, the World Health Organization, and the World Economic Forum.