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Trump Says He’ll “Negotiate” Third Term, Warns Democrats Will Rig Election

Trump shields his eyes from bright lights as he looks out at the crowd at night
President Donald Trump at a campaign rally at Minden-Tahoe Airport in Minden, Nevada, on Saturday. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Speaking to a packed, largely maskless crowd in Nevada on Saturday night, President Donald Trump once again said he wanted to serve three terms in office. Trump said he is “probably entitled” to an additional four years in the White House. “Fifty-two days from now, we’re going to win Nevada, and we’re going to win four more years in the White House,” Trump told a crowd of at least 5,000 people in Minden, Nevada, that was standing shoulder to shoulder. “And then after that, we’ll negotiate, right? Because we’re probably—based on the way we were treated—we are probably entitled to another four after that.”

Even though he is behind Joe Biden in all the major polls, by Trump’s telling the only way he can lose in November is if Democrats “rig” the election. During the rally, Trump once again raised doubts about the reliability of mail-in voting, and without citing any evidence said that Democrats will use it to cheat. “The Democrats are trying to rig this election because that’s the only way they’re going to win,” he said. Trump characterized mail-in voting as “the greatest scam in the history of presidential politics” and said Democrats are sending ballots “to dogs” as part of his effort to raise questions about the integrity of the vote. “Everybody is getting ballots,” he said. “Probably everybody but Republicans.”

Trump spoke on the tarmac of Nevada’s Minden-Tahoe Airport after his campaign was forced to make last-minute changes due to restrictions on large gatherings to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The president blamed Nevada’s Democratic governor, Steve Sisolak, for the change. “He tried to stop us. He couldn’t, and now he’s in charge of the election,” he said. “He can rig the election.”

Democrats harshly criticized Trump and his campaign for putting people at risk of contracting the coronavirus. “After intentionally misleading the American people for months on end about the threat of the coronavirus, Trump continued to endanger Americans’ health by holding multiple in-person campaign rallies across the country, ignoring the White House’s own public health recommendations,” said state Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II.

A crowd of Trump supporters behind a barrier at night. They are holding signs that say "Four More Years" and "Make America Great Again."
Supporters at the rally in Minden, Nevada, on Saturday. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

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