President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to “put … down very quickly” riots on election night should aggrieved Democrats take to the streets in the wake of his potential victory.
The remarks from the president came in an interview with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro set to air Saturday, in which he was asked how he would respond to incidents of rioting should he be declared the winner on Nov. 3.
“We’ll put them down very quickly if they do that. We have the right to do that. We have the power to do that, if we want,” Trump said.
“Look, it’s called insurrection,” he added. “We just send in, and we do it very easy. I mean, it’s very easy. I’d rather not do that because there’s no reason for it, but if we had to, we’d do that and put it down within minutes.”
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Fox & Friends teases Jeanine Pirro’s Trump interview on Saturday with a bit where Pirro says hypothetically, “they’re gonna threaten riots” on election night. Trump suggests using the Insurrection Act to “put them down very quickly. … Just send in and we do it very easy.” pic.twitter.com/deIMpOJcCw
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