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This may just be wishful thinking on the part of Senator Collins but President ThinSkin McRageTweet will almost certainly unleash some fire and fury about this on Twitter.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Monday said she’s unsure whether President Trump will be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2020.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson, Collins, who wrote in Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) name for president in 2016, said it’s “too early to tell” whether Trump will seek a second term.

Asked if she believes Trump will be the party’s 2020 nominee, Collins responded: “It’s too difficult to say.”

This is obviously not a view shared by the President who hasn’t stopped campaigning since taking office. The suggestion that he might not be the party’s nominee in 2020 is not something that is likely to sit well with Trump even though he often drops not so veiled threats about supporting primary challengers for those Republicans who don’t do what he wants them to.

Trump’s campaign has not taken a break since the president’s surprise electoral victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in November.

The campaign has been relentlessly fundraising and releasing campaign ads, while the president has taken breaks from his White House duties to hit the road for rallies in the states that he won in 2016.

It is exceedingly rare for an incumbent president to receive a primary challenge. It last happened in 1992, when conservative firebrand Pat Buchanan challenged former President George H.W. Bush.

There is little to do with the Trump administration that isn’t “exceedingly rare” though. Given how badly the party has been divided over Trump, the statistics on how often a sitting president gets a primary challenge probably aren’t enough to argue against the likelihood of it happening in 2020.