Ramping up his efforts to go against the numerous strong 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, Trump seems to be sending up smoke signals to the extremists of his base on Wednesday in a new interview with Breitbart. This news was likely missed against the flurry of other news today, but this needs to be on your radar.
Here is the excerpt which has drawn criticism and attention:
‘I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they don’t play it tougher. Okay? 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.’
In the interview, Trump seemed to suggest that Democrats play a tough political game and that his supporters, particularly those belonging to or identifying as police, the military or ‘Bikers For Trump,’ might snap soon if things don’t change for the unpopular president.
‘…But the left plays it cuter and tougher. Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress … with all this invest[igations] — that’s all they want to do is — you know, they do things that are nasty. Republicans never played this..
In September of last year, Trump said at a rally for then-Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley that his opponents “were lucky that we’re peaceful.”
In November, Trump did warn anyone watching that should Democrats launch investigations into him, he and his team would take a “war-like” posture. What exactly that means is clearly up for interpretation.
This rhetoric is not new for Trump, who has constantly aimed to rile up his base, even going as far as claiming that he’d pay for their legal fees in defense of him.
Trump seems to have never grasped the full scope of being the President of the United States. Even over two years into his presidency, he spends most days campaigning, doing whatever he can to sow division between the majority of us and show support for only a small percent of Americans; his base.
He has had multiple chances to clear the air of speculation in regards to bad actors who support him, seeming to dodge the questions whenever they happen. From refusing to condemn the KKK and disavowing David Duke, to being A-OK with multiple ‘believers’ of the nutjob conspiracy group QAnon being right-smack in front of him at his rallies.
— Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell) July 31, 2018
Despite direct calls from multiple sources for Trump to calm down the rhetoric and seek unity, not division, he has refused to do so. It’s a dangerous game to play, especially when the people you took an oath to protect are being murdered by self-proclaimed supporters of your presidency.
Trump and his White House have repeatedly denied responsibility for his dangerous rhetoric, aimed at opponents and especially at members of the press.
The White House Correspondents’ Association just last month urged Trump to make it “absolutely clear to his supporters that violence against reporters is unacceptable.”
Just last fall, Cesar Sayoc was taken into custody after sending bombs via mail to people whom Trump has directly called out at rallies and on social media.
Trump may never understand that his words matter and, unfortunately, it’s already too late.
Featured image via YouTube screenshot.