Trump defends his warning of a ‘bloodbath for the country’

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Former President Donald J. Trump on Monday attempted to defend his weekend statement that the country would face a “bloodbath” if he lost in November, saying he had been referring only to the auto industry.

“The fake news media and their Democratic partners in the destruction of our nation pretended to be surprised by my use of the word BLOODBATH, even though they understood perfectly well that I was simply referring to the imports allowed by corrupt Joe Biden, which “They are killing the automobile industry,” he wrote on his social media platform.

made the comments in Ohio on Saturday, in a speech given on behalf of Bernie Moreno, whom he endorsed in Tuesday’s Republican primary for the Senate. After promising to impose tariffs on cars made outside the United States, he said: “Now, if I don’t get elected, it will be a bloodbath for the whole world; That will be the least of it. “It will be a bloodbath for the country.”

In the same speech, Trump called some immigrants “animals” and “not people, in my opinion”; he described the people convicted in connection with the January 6 attack on the Capitol as “hostages”; and suggested that American democracy would end if he lost. “I don’t think we’re going to have another election, or certainly not an election that is meaningful,” he said.

Trump has embraced violent messaging since he first ran for president, at one point telling his supporters that he would pay their legal fees if they attacked a protester at one of his rallies. He ramped up his rhetoric after losing in 2020, encouraging his supporters who ended up storming the Capitol. He still describes them as persecuted patriots.

Now, in his third presidential bid, he has become more explicit.

In September he said the robbers should be shot and that Mark Milley, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, should be executed. He urged his followers to “go after” the New York attorney general, whose office filed a lawsuit against him for fraud. In January, he warned of “chaos in this country” if the legal cases against him harm him electorally.

And on Sunday, the day after the Ohio rally, Fox News aired an interview with Trump in which He repeated his past statements that immigrants were “poisoning the blood” of the country.

Trump supporters, including the mob that attacked the Capitol on January 6, 2021, have over time responded to his words with actions, even when his language is ambiguous. Law enforcement officers and prosecutors involved in criminal cases against the former president have received threats. So poll workersadministrators and election officials who refused to accept Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election.

Trump and his supporters pushed back against the backlash over his latest comments, saying they had been taken out of context by those who ignored his references to the auto industry and denounced the comments as a direct call for violence.

President Biden’s campaign responded to that objection with a video montage which included the “bloodbath” comment along with footage of Trump saying there were “very fine people on both sides” of the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, telling the Proud Boys to “step back and stand down.” “Stay out of it” and promise to forgive. Defendants of January 6. “MAGA wanted context, so we gave them context,” a Biden spokesperson, Parker Butler, wrote on social media on Monday.

Many Republicans responded to Trump’s latest comments by defending him or being wrong. Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota and Rep. Michael R. Turner of Ohio, who were asked about the “bloodbath” comment on Sunday morning talk shows, indicated that they did not believe Trump had been calling for violence.

“The president’s ‘bloodbath’ statements were about what would happen in the auto industry if Chinese manufacturers coming to Mexico were actually allowed to import into the United States,” Mr. Turner said.

But Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, who voted to convict Trump in his impeachment trial after Jan. 6, said on “Meet the Press” that “the overall tone” of Trump’s Saturday speech was “why many Americans are still wondering. , ‘Should President Trump be president?’”

“That kind of rhetoric is always on the edge: Maybe it doesn’t cross over, maybe it does, depending on your perspective,” Cassidy said.

Trump, for his part, followed up his post on Monday defending his comments with another visceral appeal in all caps: “Our once great country is going down the drain. We are a nation in decline! Vote for Trump, what the hell do you have to lose?”

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