Pres. Donald Trump
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Responding to Joe Biden’s accusation Monday that President Donald Trump isn’t discouraging his supporters from “acting as an armed militia” in riot-ravaged urban cities, Trump said he doesn’t want that because “I want to leave it to law enforcement.”
Appearing on Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle,” Trump was asked by Host Laura Ingraham to respond to the following claim by Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden:
“He (Trump) may believe mouthing the words ‘law and order’ makes them strong, but his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows how weak he is.”
“Do you want your supporters to confront the left-wing protesters?” Ingraham asked Trump.
“No, no, no, I don’t want that. I want to leave it to law enforcement,” Trump replied.
When Ingraham tried to ask the question again (“But, you don’t want them showing up to try to”…), Trump cut her off, reiterating, “No, I don’t.”
The full exchange is shown below:
Pres. Trump: “Look, he’s a weak person, he’s been weak all his life but now he’s really weak. He shouldn’t be running for president, he should not be there.”
Ingraham: “But, do you want your supporters to confront the left-wing protesters or do you want to leave it to law enforcement?”
Pres. Trump: “No, no, no, I don’t want that. I want to leave it to law enforcement.
“But, my supporters are wonderful, hardworking, tremendous people and they turn on their televisions and they look at a Portland or they look a Kenosha before I got involved and stopped it. Or they look at Chicago where 78 people were shot last weekend and numerous people died, or they look at New York where violence is up by like, what, 150%. It’s up by a number — and people are leaving. They’re looking at all of this and they can’t believe it. They can’t believe it. Whether it’s my supporters or not.”
Ingraham: “But, you don’t want them showing up to try to”…
Pres. Trump: “No, I don’t.”