Former Bill Clinton Spokesman Claims Trump Could ‘Put Tanks in the Streets’
Joe Lockhart said the President had the capacity to bring in a police state
The former spokesman for President Bill Clinton took aim at Donald Trump's recent comments about having 'tough people' on his side, claiming it suggested the president is working to invoke a 'police state' to remain in office.
Joe Lockhart asserted that his belief that Trump had the capacity to bring in a police state from his recent comments in an interview with Breitbart.
"I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump," Trump said.
But Lockhart seemed to misinterpret Trump's comments in an interview with CNN:
"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.
"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.
"So here's the thing—it's so terrible what's happening," Trump told Breitbart News in an Exclusive interview.
"You know, the left plays a tougher game, it's very funny. I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they don't play it tougher. Okay?" he said.
"I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don't play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad," Trump maintained.
There is one story that should be the dominant one but it is getting cursory coverage. The President of the United States warned that if things got bad, he had the military, police & Bikers for Trump ready and waiting. The stuff of dictatorships. Normalized in today’s environment— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) March 15, 2019
"But the left plays it cuter and tougher. Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress … with all this invest[igations]—that's all they want to do is –you know, they do things that are nasty. Republicans never played this," the president said.
Congressional scholar Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute tweeted following the Presdient comments.
According to The Daily Mail: He called it 'the stuff of dictatorships.'
He raised what he called his worst-case scenario, that Trump gets cornered and tweets that 'this is a coup attempt by the deep state and Hillary Clinton to steal the election I won fair and square. Take to the streets to preserve our country.'
Claiming nearly 100,000 members across the country, Bikers for Trump is a major grassroots organization that supports the Trump administration's agenda.
In August, Trump welcomed a delegation of some 180 members to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
The rowdy crew cracked open cans of Miller Lite and Budweiser under the crystal chandeliers of the club's ballroom while jeering the press and chanting 'USA, USA' and 'Build the wall!'
Trump has strong support among military veterans, with a December poll showing that 56 percent of veterans — including both current and former members of the military — said they approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while 43 percent disapproved.
Trump has also courted the law enforcement vote with his appeal to law and order and was endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police.
An unscientific 2016 poll by Police Magazine found that 84 percent of working police officers said they supported Trump, with just 8 percent saying that they planned to vote for Hillary Clinton.