To Americans, the Constitution is sacred. Yes, differing views lead to different interpretations of various sections, but at the end of the day, almost every American respects and loves our Constitution.
One might not want to put Donald Trump on that list.
Put aside all the events of the past. Put aside how he has blatantly “pushed envelopes” and has been stopped by the courts violating various clauses. What Trump told Jeanine Pirro in an interview that will air Saturday, all that pales in comparison to the future — if he is elected to a second term.
Like a 3rd world despot dictator, Trump proudly bragged that he would “put down” any protests against him if re-elected “in minutes.” As RawStory noted:
President Donald Trump promises to “put down” Democrats who choose to exercise their First Amendment rights to protest in the streets if he wins re-election.
“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 told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro in a taped interview that will air Saturday, as Politico reports.
Then he said:
“Look, it’s called insurrection, 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.”
Americans may disagree on much these days, and interpreting various parts of the Constitution, but the 1st Amendment used to be something we all could agree on. Freedom of speech, assembly, and the right to protest are all protected under the 1st Amendment. Calling all protests “riots” doesn’t change those rights.
Apparently that will not be true if Trump is re-elected.
Check out the video tease on Fox and Friends that aired this morning promoting the interview:
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
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) September 11, 2020