President Donald Trump suggested that his supporters are harder than Democrats and if they actually play hard, things could become "very bad".
The commander-in-chief made the comments in an interview with far-right broadcaster Breitbart, in which he stated that the left in American politics plays a more "vicious" political game than the right.
"You know, the left plays a harder game, it's very funny," Trump said in the interview published for the first time Wednesday. "Actually I think the people on the right are harder, but they don't make it harder."
"I can tell you that I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump, I have difficult people, but they don't really do it ̵
"Republicans have never played this," the president concluded
Trump's comments have been widely condemned by political observers and social media analysts.
"This is … a threat of fascist violence by the President?" MSNBC host Chris Hayes tweeted on Thursday
Meanwhile, Greg Sargent, a writer at the Washington Post, was not in agreement with Hayes. He tweeted "Actually no, it's not a threat, he's just saying that * it could * happen. And it would be very, very bad, so you better hope it doesn't happen!
The conservative writer Jennifer Rubin said that Trump's comments resemble those made by the former Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.
Trump's interview with Breitbart was not the first time some of his observations were perceived by critics Encouraging violence against its political enemies
During a rally at the then Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley last September, Trump said: "The Democratic Party [ic] is being held hostage by activists, mobs, Antifa, profound State radicals and their establishment counterparts … They are so lucky that we are peaceful. "
" The forces of order, the military, the masons, the motorcyclists for Trump … They travel throughout the country … They have been great, "said Trump at the time." But these are difficult people … But they are peaceful people and Antifa and all the rest – it is better that they hope they stay that way. "
Trump said he would like to punch a protester in the face and see him carried on a stretcher during a rally of a Las Vegas campaign in 2016.
"The guards are very kind to him," Trump said at the time. "I'd like to punch him in the face, I'll tell you." Then he complained – "We are no longer allowed to answer" – and hinted that he misses "the good old days" when the protester would be treated differently.
"Do you know what they did to a guy like in a place like this? "Trump asked the crowd." They would have been taken on a stretcher, folks. "
The protesters regularly interrupted Trump rallies during the presidential campaign. At an event in Iowa in 2016, Trump told his supporters he would pay the legal costs if they were involved in violence against demonstrators that caused problems.
"If you see someone preparing to throw a tomato, throw it away from them. Seriously, okay, just knock on the hell … you I promise I will pay the legal fees, I promise, I promise, "Trump said
In 2015, Trump told Fox News a black life. The activist who interrupted his rally was" so hateful and so loud "that" maybe he should have been abused ".
During his tenure at the White House, Trump also targeted journalists and their relationships, frequently slamming his unfavorable coverage as" false news "and declares the press co me "the enemy of the people". Sometimes Trump even seems to applaud violence against the press.
"Every guy who can make a body slam – he's my kind of guy," Trump said last October while campaigning for a Republican candidate for Congress, Greg Gianforte, who pleaded guilty to attacking a journalist in 2017. "I had heard that he had slammed against a journalist … and he was going up, and I said: & # 39; Oh, it's terrible, he'll lose the election. Then I said:" I know very well Montana. "And I said," I think it could help him. "And he did."
In February, the White House correspondents' association invited Trump to make "absolutely clear to his supporters that violence against journalists is unacceptable. "
The White House, meanwhile, proclaimed Trump" condemns all acts of violence against individuals or groups of people, including members of the press. "