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Former President Donald Trump issued a dire warning ahead of a potential indictment by the Justice Department following last month’s FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate.
In an interview with conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, Trump said that an indictment of him would bring “problems … the likes of which perhaps we’ve never seen” in the country, adding that Americans “would not stand” for him being prosecuted by Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration.
Trump also said that an indictment by the Biden DOJ would not stop him from running for president again in 2024, Politico reported, which was a tacit admission that he plans to do so.
“If a thing like that happened, I would have no prohibition against running,” Trump said. “I think if it happened, I think you’d have problems in this country the likes of which perhaps we’ve never seen before. I don’t think the people of the United States would stand for it.”
Hewitt pressed the former president to clarify what he meant by “problems.”
“I think they’d have big problems. Big problems. I just don’t think they’d stand for it. They will not sit still and stand for this ultimate of hoaxes,” Trump said.
The former president’s remarks come after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) predicted last month that there would be “riots in the street” if “there is a prosecution of Donald Trump for mishandling classified information.”
“There is a double standard when it comes to Trump,” Graham said on Fox News’s “Sunday Night in America,” in contrasting the ruckus over Trump allegedly mishandling classified information versus former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of an unsecured private server during her time in office.
“And I’ll say this: If there is a prosecution of Donald Trump for mishandling classified information after the Clinton debacle … there will be riots in the street,” Graham said.
As for Hewitt, he suggested that the “legacy media” would see Trump’s remarks as a call to violence.
“That’s not inciting. I’m just saying what my opinion is,” Trump said. “I don’t think the people of this country would stand for it.”
While some may view Trump’s words as incitement, a Democratic senator, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, issued a “call to arms” during a floor speech this week over the issue of abortion.
Fox News reported:
On Wednesday, Hirono spoke on the Senate floor about Sen. Lindsey Graham’s, R-S.C., latest bill proposal to ban abortions after 15 weeks. The bill includes several exceptions, including for rape, incest and when a woman’s life is in danger from a pregnancy. It also explicitly bans the prosecution of women seeking abortions. She, along with other Democratic senators, vehemently opposed the legislation for pushing an “extreme MAGA Republican” agenda.
“Talk about government overreach. When I hear my colleagues talking about how it should be states’ rights or government should not be telling us what to do, the word ‘hypocrites,’ it doesn’t even go far enough to call them out on what they’re doing. This is an outright attack on women in this country. That is how I see it,” she said.
She wrapped up her speech by issuing a “call to arms” against pro-life legislation and movements.
“That is how more and more women and those who support our right to make decisions about our own bodies, that is how we see it. And why? Because that’s what’s happening. Madam President, I yield the floor. But clearly, this is a — literally call to arms in our country. I yield the floor,” she said.
Her remarks were widely criticized on social media.
“After many crisis pregnancy centers have been firebombed by Democrats, crazy Mazie Hirono calls for more pro-abortion violence,” Axiom Strategies Communications VP Matt Wolking tweeted.
After many crisis pregnancy centers have been firebombed by Democrats, crazy Mazie Hirono calls for more pro-abortion violence https://t.co/Jq3giaNUxi
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) September 14, 2022
“1) Does she mean ‘literally’ or *literally*? 2) Isn’t this incitement to violence on the Senate floor? 3) Doesn’t this follow literal attacks on pro-life centers and threats to the life and limb of Supreme Court justices who (rightly) see no right to abortion in the Constitution?” RealClearInvestigations deputy editor Benjamin Weingarten added, according to Fox News.
“To be clear, Hirono won’t be doing the fighting. She’s going to leave that to the peasantry,” RedState deputy managing editor Brandon Morse remarked, Fox News reported.
“How many people are gonna listen to her and firebomb another small business that helps pregnant women?” X Strategies LLC senior digital strategist Greg Price asked.