Appearing via phone on 15-Sept, 2022, during a Hugh Hewitt YouTube livestream, former US president Donald Trump predicts civil unrest if he is indicted for crimes surrounding his illegal handling of government documents after his presidential term ended.
Trump once again uses his familiar speaking trick, purposely not communicating with full sentences or concepts. He goes on to drop fragments of ideas and sentences, that when challenged, can be easily dismissed as being ‘misunderstood’. This right out of Trump’s classic interview playbook.
“I don’t think the people of the United States would stand for it and as you know if a thing like that happened I would have no prohibition against running …”
Threatening the type of violent civil unrest witnessed during the January 6th, 2021 attack on the US Capitol building is part and parcel for Trump. He drops targeted hints to his unstable base of voters in nearly all his media appearances. His stance as an aggrieved politician, victimized by “woke leftists” plays wonderfully for the gullible Republican base who continues to support him.
“ …it would not, but 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 …”
In typical Trump fashion, he misunderstands the work ‘incite’ and responds “…that’s not exciting, I’m just saying what my opinion is, I don’t think the people of this country would stand for it…”.
While talk of state secession has been a consistent right-wing Republican talking point for decades, the idea gets more traction in the form of Trump’s coded language. Of course, no state secession will happen, but the talking point is great for the MAGA interview segments on right-wing streaming networks.
Hewitt doesn’t go specially to the civil war or secession topic directly because he’s too savvy to just say it outright. He knows the language tricks work fine for the Trump base of losers.