When asked on Fox News about bringing the country together, Trump threatened to use his political base violently against Democrats.
Trump said in response to a question about bringing the country together, “I think some of the things that are said are terrible. And you know, it’s our people are so incredible — do you know, there’s probably never been a base in the history of politics in this country like my base. I hope the other side realizes that they better just take it easy. They better just take it easy because some of the language used, some of the words used, even some of the radical ideas I really think they are very bad for the country. I think they are actually very dangerous for the country.”
Trump is suggesting that his base will do something if Democrats continue to speak out
Instead of talking about bringing the nation together, Trump threatened his opponents with his political base. There have been political bases like Trump’s before. They supported Pat Buchanan in 1992. Donald Trump has not created anything special or new. All he did was take all of the racial resentment against Obama in the Republican Party and channel it into his campaign.
Trump used a similar threat against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) after she spoke out against him last week.
Donald Trump’s natural impulse, when confronted with protest and dissent, is to threaten to crush it with violence. Trump is trying to intimidate the American people into silence by warning them that his MAGA hat wearing thugs will shut them up if they aren’t careful.
Trump doesn’t want to hear the concerns of Democrats, and if he thinks that he can bully his way toward victory in 2018 and 2020, the president is in for a surprise, because he and his base are outnumbered. Democrats don’t need violence to win. They just need to show up at the polls in November.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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