Abortion? Disney? Trump-DeSantis fight over 22nd Amendment to Constitution

Traveling through major primary states this week, former President Donald Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis spar over abortion, COVID policies, the Walt Disney Co. — and the US Constitution.

Specifically, the 22nd Amendment, which would limit Trump, should he win the presidency in November 2024, to one term. This is because the amendment categorically states “no one may be elected to the office of President more than twice”.

Speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, earlier this week, DeSantis made Trump’s constitutional boundary a campaign issue, stoking angst over the GOP “Deep State” conspiracy. He said Washington’s “bureaucracy is so entrenched” that it requires two presidential terms to accomplish a major government restructuring.

“Let’s be clear, it really takes two terms as president to be able to finish this job,” DeSantis said, then added, “And I don’t think he could fix it in one four-year term.”

But on Thursday, also in Des Moines, Trump hit back by mocking DeSantis’ claim with a nickname, “DeSanctus,” and boasting that he’ll complete the task in six months, according to a report by The Hill.

“The thing I will say about DeSantis: He says eight years is important. He said he’s going to need eight years. I don’t need eight years,” Trump said in an excerpt from a radio interview shared by his campaign. “If he needs eight years to turn things around, you don’t want him as president.”

Former President Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis tour key primary states.

Former President Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis tour key primary states.

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What does the 22nd Amendment say? Why was it added to the US Constitution?

Here is what the amendment says: “No person shall be elected to the office of president more than twice, and no person who has held the office of president or acted as president for more than two years of a term to which a other person has been elected president shall be elected more than once as president.”

Trump already had a successful presidential campaign in 2016. This is one. A successful bid in 2024 would be the second. So a subsequent Trump administration would be a unique deal.

The amendment was added in the early 1950s during the Truman administration, but was more aimed at Harry Truman’s predecessor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had been elected four times but died just two months into his fourth term. .

The amendment codified the pre-FDR tradition, established by George Washington, of only two terms.

Trump is the 45th president. If he were to win in 2024, he would also be listed in the presidential annals as the 47th president.

Antonio Fins is a political and economics editor at the Palm Beach Post, part of the USA TODAY Florida Network. You can reach him at Afins@pbpost.com. Help support our journalism. Subscribe today.

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