I have friends who were convinced in 2008 that George W. Bush would declare himself President for life a few days before the end of his second term. I was sure that would never happen and I was right.
I'm already hearing friends (some of the same ones) already making the same claim about Donald Trump and the 2020 election. My reaction this time is the same as last time.
Trump is a disaster as President, one of the worst ever, if not the worst. He's weak, unfocused, confused, and a short-term threat. He is, in a phrase, a fuck-up of epic proportions.
Someone that incompetent doesn't have the skill set to pull off a complex coup making himself President for life. Trump already has significant resistance in his own party and is doing the opposite of building a power base.
As several pundits have already theorized in print, Trump is a lame-duck President six months into his first (and hopefully only) term.
That's not to say Trump doesn't pose a threat on multiple fronts, but those dangers won't bring down the democratic republic. He needs to be made as weak as possible, and the same for Pence and the GOP.
Impeachment and removal of Trump would be lovely, but they're not mandatory. Republicans have already wasted incredible political capital that will hurt them in the 2018 House of Representatives election and the 2020 national election.
We need to organize, mobilize, and document everything they're doing. But we also need to stop ourselves from panicking.