A viral social media post suggests that the Constitution would allow President Donald Trump to seek a potential third term in office if he were to be impeached, but not removed. The Constitution does not say that.
The impeachment inquiry facing President Donald Trump is bound to have far-reaching political effects. But it is not the case that a potential impeachment by the House could allow Trump to seek an additional term beyond the two elected terms allowed by the Constitution.
“These Democrats don’t realize that if they impeach Trump and the Senate doesn’t confirm it then it nullifies Trump’s first term and he gets to run two more times,” the posts read. “Read the Constitution, people.”
“There is nothing in the Constitution’s language, structure, or history to support any such claim,” Tribe told us in an email.
But comments on Facebook, where thousands shared snapshots of the tweet, suggested that some didn’t get Posobiec’s joke.
The 22nd Amendment dictates that presidents are permitted to hold office for two elected terms.
Posobiec, Jack (@JackPosobiec). “These Democrats don’t realize that if they impeach Trump and the Senate doesn’t confirm it then it nullifies Trump’s first term and he gets to run two more times. Read the Constitution, people.” Twitter. 1 Oct 2019.
Tribe, Laurence. Professor of constitutional law, Harvard University. Email to FactCheck.org. 2 Oct 2019.
U.S. Constitution. Legal Information Institute, Cornell University. Accessed 2 Oct 2019.