Trump threatens his ‘tough’ supporters could make things ‘very bad’
Trump once again made the disturbing suggestion that his right-wing supporters — including police officers and members of the military — might escalate their political disagreements with Trump's opponents into vigilante violence.
"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," Trump said in an interviewpublished Wednesday on the pro-Trump white supremacist website Breitbart News.
Trump made the remarks while complaining about Democrats conducting oversight of his corrupt presidency — oversight that has gone long neglected by his fellow Republicans.
After whining that he thinks "the left" tends to play a "tougher game" than the right politically, Trump pivoted to his ominous suggestion that the right could make things "very bad" after a "certain point."
The comment is the latest of a series of incitements to violence, both subtle and not so subtle, that Trump has made since assuming the presidency.
In November after his party lost the midterm election, Trump threatened that his supporters were "much stronger" and "potentially more violent."
At a February rally, as Trump engaged in another attack on the press as "fake news" for accurately quoting him, one supporter took the words to heart and lunged after a journalist.
He is a demagogue who aspires to be an unquestioned, autocratic ruler.
While his most diehard supporters are a small minority of Americans, and his presidency is unpopular, his supporters have shown a disturbing willingness to carry out his violent wishes.
Congress continues to unearth evidence and call witnesses related to Trump's corruption, ineptitude, and criminality, while the Department of Justice and state prosecutors rack up convictions, indictments, and confessions from his inner circle.
In Trump's eyes, even constitutional and responsible oversight is out of bounds — and he seems to be encouraging a violent response.
Published with permission of The American Independent. Attribution: Oliver Willis.