Warning or Threat?
Donald Trump Wednesday morning said if he does not win the GOP nomination before the Republican convention, and is deprived of the nod then, America will see "riots" in the streets.
â€œI think weâ€™ll win before getting to the convention, but I can tell you, if we didnâ€™t and if weâ€™re 20 votes short or if weâ€™re 100 short and weâ€™re at 1,100 and somebody else is at 500 or 400 cause weâ€™re way ahead of everybody, I donâ€™t think you can say that we donâ€™t get it automatically,â€ Trump told CNN's Chris Cuomo. â€œI think youâ€™d have riots. I think you'd have riots. I'm representing a tremendous â€” many, many millions of people."â€
â€œI wouldnâ€™t lead it, but I think bad things would happen,â€ Trump said,Â warning his losing the nomination would â€œdisenfranchiseâ€ supporters.
This is far from the first time Trump has displayed a basic ignorance of the basics of American democracy.
In addition to his ultra-authoritarian ruling style, Trump last week claimed, falsely, his First Amendment rights were being violated after he opted to cancel a rally in Chicago, when a large number of protestors showed up.Â
On Twitter, some mocked his warning, while others suggested it was threatening.
Talking Points Memo Editor Josh Marshall:
Given the context, violence to date, when Trump threatens riots if he's denied at convention, his genuine danger to Republic becomes clearâ€” Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) March 16, 2016
NY Times and The Economist journalst Gregg Carlstrom:
Nice little republic you've got here, it'd be a shame if anything happened to it https://t.co/C66aHSDa7Aâ€” Gregg Carlstrom (@glcarlstrom) March 16, 2016
Trump: â€˜Youâ€™d Have Riotsâ€™ If Convention Denies Him Nod https://t.co/Qx6SilRR4kâ€” Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) March 16, 2016
@bpolitics so Trump is inciting violence again? Ugly politics, pure facismâ€” NewsSlammer (@NewsSlammer) March 16, 2016
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