Reacting to reports that Vladimir Putin is proposing changes to the government that would allow him to exert his power long after he has stepped down as Russia's president drew reactions form Twitter users who fear Donald Trump may attempt to take a similar route with a Republican Party that refuses to rein him in.
According to the Financial Times' Max Seddon, "Putin announces big constitutional referendum as part of apparent plans to stay on when his term expires in 2024. Measures include strengthening the powers of parliament and a two-term presidential limit. Raises chance he becomes PM or heads a revamped State Council, Deng-style."
Needless to say, the American president's admiration for the Russian strongman led many to speculate that Trump would find just such an arrangement for himself to be quite appealing.
You can read some reactions below:
@JoJoFromJerz @NBCNews Maybe he has an Article II in his constitution too. lol— jeff heisler (@jeff heisler) 1579097564.0
@NBCNews Wait for trump to try the same. Putin is trump’s mentor, you know.— JDUCK (@JDUCK) 1579097240.0
@NBCNews This is the type of “democracy” Republicans would like to see in America.— Jason Grant (@Jason Grant) 1579097660.0
@jimsciutto When the lying orange gasbag “jokes” about not leaving after eight years, this is precisely where he gets that idea.— Laurie Brookins (@Laurie Brookins) 1579096968.0
@jimsciutto Whoa!!!😳 Putin forever??? Someone will be pleased! https://t.co/kdp6ghptNp— Jim Clarke (@Jim Clarke) 1579096803.0
@NBCNews Will they use ivankas China-made voting machines?— sparklycosmos (@sparklycosmos) 1579097799.0
@jimsciutto Putin is now King of Russia and Trump wants to become King of America. Don't let him get his wish.— Put A Mask On It (@Put A Mask On It) 1579096782.0
@jimsciutto Trump is NEVER joking about staying beyond 8 years. This is his dream. The more media just laughs it of… https://t.co/5yU1kLmmQs— Shannon *WEAR A MASK* (@Shannon *WEAR A MASK*) 1579098051.0
@jimsciutto To be replaced by @SecPompeo, @senatemajldr, @LindseyGrahamSC, @DevinNunes and the rest of the house an… https://t.co/PC98WfGypF— Pacific Time (@Pacific Time) 1579097026.0
@jimsciutto Wake up America unless you want to be ruled by King Trump!— Gma (@Gma) 1579098351.0
@NBCNews Trump tweet saying this is a GREAT idea in 3...2...1...— SammyBoca🇺🇸 (@SammyBoca🇺🇸) 1579098071.0
@jimsciutto Wonder how long before @realDonaldTrump & his @GOP sycophants will be trying to do the same in the US?… https://t.co/fVwkzbCS3X— Jeff Styles (@Jeff Styles) 1579096852.0
@NBCNews Donald, do NOT get any ideas..— ❄️🍍 Paulie D. Cbus 🌐 (@❄️🍍 Paulie D. Cbus 🌐) 1579096749.0