In an interview with alt-right garbage site Breitbart, Donald Trump complained that former House Speaker Paul Ryan wasn’t tough enough when he was in charge of the House, promoting the president to go off on a tangent in which he boasted of the support he has with the military and police and how they could get “tough” on his behalf if things reached a “certain point.”
Complaining that Ryan wouldn’t allow Freedom Caucus members Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan to hand out subpoenas in their effort to go after so-called members of the Deep State and left-wing opponents of the president, Trump told Breitbart that the left plays “cuter and tougher” than conservatives.
“Paul Ryan wouldn’t give the right to have any subpoenas,” Trump said. “Okay? Now in all fairness, Meadows and Jordan and all these guys, they wanted to go tougher, but they weren’t allowed to by leadership.”
Whining about how hard the left is fighting in comparison to the right, Trump then warned that many of his supporters can get rough when push comes to shove.
“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.”
He continued: “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. But the left plays it cuter and tougher. Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress … with all this investigations—that’s all they want to do is –you know, they do things that are nasty. Republicans never played this.”
Considering that Trump essentially said that bikers, soldiers and police officers would join forces and knock heads for him if he called them to action, it didn’t take long for people to note how dangerous this kind of rhetoric was from a sitting president.
Take a look:
Imagine a 2011 Obama interview in which he mused about the New Black Panthers supporting him in case things “got to a certain point.” https://t.co/9B0tcSdZpv
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) March 14, 2019
We can’t sugarcoat this.
The President of the United States is encouraging the military, police, and bikers to violently attack his critics on the left. https://t.co/UdP9EcxjPy
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 14, 2019
This is stoking Civil War. The military won’t be following any unlawful orders. Neither will most cops so that leaves the bikers … 90% of whom are over 70. https://t.co/tnRAKbQonv
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) March 14, 2019
Bikers for Trump kicking ass and taking names if Trump doesn’t get his way? Sounds like a call to arms to me! These veiled threats of violence from Trump are nothing new, but as the election draws closer, will be acted upon by the worst in our society. https://t.co/0mExkR1jTS
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) March 14, 2019
US President issues not-so-veiled threat of street violence if he doesn’t get his way politically. https://t.co/t2aXi0Vf8L
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) March 14, 2019
Are we supposed to take this seriously or literally? https://t.co/G2Ofdm13Xk
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) March 14, 2019
Trump's rhetoric has already been associated with spikes in hate crimes and extremist violence. The comment below is a prime example of stochastic terrorism, and none of us should be surprised when it leads to political violence. https://t.co/hBdT1sBH9a
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) March 14, 2019