Former Bill Clinton spokesman says Trump’s latest ‘tough people’ boast shows his potential to invoke a ‘police state’ or put ‘tanks in the streets’

Friday, March 15, 2019
By Paul Martin

Trump made the remarks in an interview with Breitbart News on Thursday
Was lamenting that Democrats are more ‘vicious’ and ‘tougher’ than the GOP
Said he has the support of military, police and Bikers for Trump
Warned things could get ‘very bad’ if things go beyond a ‘certain point’
Remarks were in the context of investigations launched by House Democrats
Former Bill Clinton spokesman Joe Lockhart blasted the comments
He said they could be indicative of a willingness to declare a ‘police state’

15 March 2019

The former White House spokesman for President Bill Clinton said the latest cryptic comments by President Trump about having police and ‘tough people’ on his side raises the possibility the president invoking a ‘police state’ to maintain power.

Joe Lockhardt, who stood at the White House podium during Clinton’s second term, said he didn’t know if Trump was an ‘evil mastermind’ or someone who didn’t know what he was saying, after Trump stated his support of the police, military, and an outside group called ‘bikers for Trump.’

‘I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump,’ Trump said in a Breitbart News interview.

‘I think the insidious thing about this particular comment was this idea that if we don’t do things the way Trump wants them, then the police will get involved. A police state. The military will get involved,’ Lockhart told CNN.

He continued: ‘Maybe we’ll have tanks rolling down the street or the bikers, the Hell’s Angels. And, again, I don’t know whether Trump is a, you know, evil mastermind or just someone who just never understands what he’s saying.’

‘But the fact of the matter is, he says these things and it attacks our democracy. He attacks our institutions. He says, I’m not sure that if I lose the election that I’m going to accept the results. And then he says, I’ve got the military on my side. We hear this in dictatorships, not our democracy,’ Lockhart concluded.

At about 11 pm Thursday night, Trump tweeted a link to the Breitbart News Network without comment, an unusual plug for a president who often links to other conservative outlets but only when he wants to highlight a particular comment in his favor.

Trump issued an ominous warning that his supporters are ‘tough’ and things could get ‘very bad,’ drawing scrutiny from scholars who doubt his intentions.

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