Speaking at a GOP fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago Saturday afternoon, Donald Trump dropped a bombshell. First, Trump talked about the 2016 election, which he won but still can’t get past. He remains distraught over a “rigged system” and wonders why Hillary Clinton hasn’t been prosecuted, among many topics in a free-wheeling speech.
But his off-the-cuff remarks took a bizarre turn when he praised China’s President Xi Jinping for consolidating power and effectively making him president for as long as he wants. It’s an appealing idea to Trump.
“He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great,” Trump said. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday.”
Pause and think about that for a second. What would possess him to say this out loud? This is scary territory. The remarks were closed to the press but a recording was obtained by CNN.
When the White House inevitably claims Trump was just joking about being "president for life" like China's Xi Jinping, here's a year's worth of evidence to the contrary https://t.co/8MStBtAuLg pic.twitter.com/dEgY6ml2FW
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) March 4, 2018
All of you Trumpsters bemoaning liberal “socialists” and championing the founding fathers who freed themselves from monarchic tyranny, Trump is suggesting he’d like to follow the model a communist Chinese autocrat who has made himself president for life.https://t.co/pG3ecPqiYO
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) March 4, 2018