“I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of Bikers for Trump. — I have the tough people, but they don´t play it tough. Until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad. —
Washington (Agencies).- Donald Trump seemed to suggest in a recent interview that his supporters — the police, military and “Bikers for Trump,” he claims — could turn violent against Democrats or basically anyone who stands against him.
“You know, the left plays a tougher game, it’s very funny. I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they don’t play it tougher. OK?” Trump said in an interview with Breitbart News published Wednesday. “I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump — I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”
He added that “the left plays it cuter and tougher. Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress.” Several Democrats interpreted the comments as a threat.
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut called Trump’s remark a “thuggish threat of violence against his critics” and a continuation of Trump’s “all-out assault on the basis of our democracy”. Trump has previously made veiled — and sometimes explicit — encouragements of violence, going back to the 2016 campaign when his rallies would be interrupted frequently by protesters.
More recently, Trump said something similar to his Breitbart remarks at a September rally in Missouri.
“The Democrat Party is held hostage by far-left activists, by angry mobs, Antifa, by deep state radicals and their establishment cronies … No, I would never suggest this, but I will tell you, they’re so lucky that we’re peaceful,” Trump said to the audience.
At a February 2016 campaign rally in Iowa, Trump told the crowd of supporters, “So if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Just knock the hell– I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise.”
Trump´s rhetoric since he was in campaign, has been very confrontational and aggressive. He 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” but these new aggressive statements take his hyperbolical, extravagant political speech, to a new height.
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