Did Trump Just Called For Violence Against Democrats For Investigating Him?
In a new interview published Wednesday by conservative outlet Breitbart, President Donald suggested that things could get “very bad” for Democrats if his military supporters, police, biker supporters “play tough.”
Trump made the comments in the context of an interview with the conservative outlet Breitbart in which he argued that Democrats play a tough political game.
“You know, the left plays a tougher game … with all these investigations — that’s all they want to do is — you know, they do things that are nasty. Republicans never played this.” it’s very funny,” Trump told Breitbart before adding: “I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they don’t play it tougher.”
This is not the first time Trump has suggested that his followers could turn violent at any moment.
During a rally for then-Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley (R) in September, Trump said that his opponents “were lucky that we’re peaceful,” The Washington Post noted in a post on his more recent comments.
“Law enforcement, military, construction workers, Bikers for Trump … They travel all over the country …. They’ve been great,” Trump said at the time. “But these are tough people … But they’re peaceful people, and antifa and all — they’d better hope they stay that way.”
The latest remarks were seized upon in some quarters as another example of Trump seeming to offer threats toward his political opponents.
Trump has faced scrutiny in the past for directly calling on his supporters to use violence. He once said at a 2016 rally in Las Vegas that he’d like to punch a protester in the face.
Trump also encouraged his supporters at another event to “knock the crap” out of any protesters causing trouble.
“I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees,” Trump said.
Trump has repeatedly denounced his political opponents during his time in the White House. He has also continually referred to the media as the “enemy of the people.”
The White House Correspondents’ Association in February called on Trump to make it “absolutely clear to his supporters that violence against reporters is unacceptable.”