Donald Trump Threatens Biker Gang-Led Civil War, So That's Cool And Normal
Donald Trump is a fella who likes to get his way. If he wants an Oompa-Loompa, he doesn't want it tomorrow, he doesn't want it later today, he wants it now. And if people don't want to give him his freaking Oompa-Loompa, he'll scream. Or threaten them with violence of some kind.
In an interview with Breitbart published on Thursday, our very normal president laid into all the people who failed to give him the things he wants -- specifically Paul Ryan, who wouldn't even let him subpoena random Democrats he thought should be investigated. Investigated for what? Nothing specific, just investigated! And now Trump will never even get the chance to do that, because Paul Ryan personally lost Republicans the House, which means those wily Democrats will be getting away with ... "whatever."
Trump told Breitbart News in an exclusive lengthy Oval Office interview that Ryan blocked issuance of subpoenas to people he thinks should have been investigated on the political left, and now that the Republicans no longer have the majority in the House, people Trump says Ryan protected may have gotten away with whatever they did that warranted investigation.
Trump said that House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and his predecessor and fellow conservative Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) wanted to be tougher with the left, but that Ryan would not let them.
Also, Paul Ryan did not force everyone to vote to fund Trump's wall, even though he really, really, really wanted it. How is that fair?
But it's not just Paul Ryan who's been getting under Trump's skin, it is also Democrats, who seem to think it is legal to oppose him and to investigate his shady dealings. He then noted that if Democrats keep playing "tough," the police, military, and biker gangs who support him (who are tougher) are going to be pushed too far and that will be "very, very, very bad" for them.
"So here's the thing—it's so terrible what's happening," Trump said when asked by Breitbart News Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle about how the left is fighting hard. "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. 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 invest[igations]—that's all they want to do is –you know, they do things that are nasty. Republicans never played this."
His assertion that "Republicans never played this" is, of course, ridiculous. Benghazi? That weird thing where they thought the IRS was specifically targeting conservative groups even though they absolutely were not? Solyndra? Operation Fast and Furious? Benghazi again? And again? And again?
There were plenty of Republican-led investigations during the Obama-era. There weren't any of Obama, personally -- and not because Republicans were so nice and gracious, but because they didn't have anything on him to investigate. If they did, you bet your ass they would have done it. Hell, at least the Democrats actually investigate things to find out whether they happened or not, as opposed to Republicans who just throw shit out like "Lock her up!" or go around accusing people of having faked their birth certificates or secretly running underground child prostitution rings out of pizza parlors. I would say that it's better to investigate things than to just keep insisting they happened without an investigation, but that's just me.
As for the threat, Trump does not specifically say that the military, the police, and Bikers For Trump are going to band together and go all Altamont on Democrats who investigate him. But what else is it that he is suggesting they would do? Play a really hardcore game of pinochle? That seems doubtful. The message he is clearly trying to get across here is that if Democrats keep investigating him when he doesn't want them to be investigating him, his supporters in the police, military, and Bikers for Trump will do something "very bad" to them. He is essentially telling these people that if they did do something "very bad," they would have his approval and possibly his pardon.
One would think that after Cesar Sayoc (the guy who went around sending pipe bombs to journalists and Trump's Democratic opponents), Trump would be a tad more careful about encouraging his supporters to target his opponents with violence. Or after he offered to pay the legal fees of anyone who assaulted a protestor and then ended up getting sued by a guy who did exactly that after Trump refused to pay his legal fees. That does not appear to be the case.
The fact is, Trump doesn't care if someone reads this and goes "You know what? I AM TOUGH. I'm gonna go out and kill some Democrats." It's a win-win for him. He gets someone killed and then gets to go, "It's so unfair of the media to blame me for the actions of an obviously disturbed individual. FAKE NEWS!" and his supporters will rally to his side and the next day it will be like it never happened.
Can you imagine for a second if any of the Democrats planning a 2020 run had said something similar? The Right would lose their damn minds. "You don't even care that Steve Scalise got shot that one time!" they would yell, in between heaving sobs. They'd never let it go. Trump threatens violence against Democrats and it's just another day.
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