On Thursday, former President Donald Trump stated that the nation would encounter “problems … the likes of which perhaps we’ve never seen” if he is indicted for how he dealt with classified documents after leaving office, which could imply that such an action by the Justice Department could lead to Trump’s followers becoming violent.
The ex-president said that an indictment wouldn’t stop him from campaigning for the presidency again and kept reiterating that Americans “would not tolerate” his trial.
“If something like that happened, I would see no reason why I couldn’t run again,” Trump said in an interview with conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt. “I think if it happened, I think you’d see problems in this country the likes of which we’ve never seen before. I don’t think the people of the United States would stand for it.”Hewitt asked Trump what he meant by “problems.”
Trump stated that “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.”
This is not the first time that Republicans have intimated possible social unrest if the DOJ decides to indict Trump. Highly publicized last month, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham stated that there would be “riots in the street” if “Donald Trump is prosecuted for mishandling classified information.” Graham’s statements were met with strong criticism as being “irresponsible” and “shameful.” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, without naming the South Carolina senator specifically, said that these comments from “extreme Republicans” were “dangerous.”