Former President Donald Trump, speaking at a New York Young Republican Club event, robustly dismissed warnings that his potential 2024 election win would endanger democracy, labeling such concerns as “hoax” and “Democrat misinformation.”
Facing legal challenges on both the federal and state levels, Trump refuted the allegations against him and directed his criticism towards President Joe Biden, whom he deemed a genuine threat to democracy.
Trump dismisses accusations of threat to Democracy as a Hoax
“Can you believe it? This is their new line, you know,” Trump stated. “Here we go again — ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’ ‘Mueller, Mueller, Mueller,’ ‘Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine.’ One hoax after another. But no, I’m not a threat. I will save democracy. The threat is Crooked Joe Biden,” he continued.
“And that’s what it is, it’s a hoax. We call it now the threat-to-democracy hoax because that’s what it is.”
Trump clarifies ‘dictator’ remark, accuses Democrats of distraction
The former president, who recently quipped about being a dictator for one day, explained his statement amid widespread criticism.
“I said I want to be a dictator for one day,” Trump explained. “And you know why I want to be a dictator? Because I want a wall … and I want to drill, drill, drill.”
Trump also accused Democrats of using the democracy issue as a distraction from their alleged power abuses, pointing to efforts to disqualify him from the 2024 ballot based on the 14th Amendment.
Democrats concerned over Trump’s re-election and its impact on democracy
Biden and other Democrats have expressed concerns that Trump’s re-election could undermine American democratic principles.
Biden, at a Los Angeles fundraiser, remarked, “The greatest threat Trump poses is to the democracy.”
In his campaign, Trump has proposed policies to increase presidential control over government functions, even those traditionally non-political.
Rep. Cheney warns of a potential dictatorship under Trump
His talk of “retribution” against opponents if re-elected has raised eyebrows.
Former Rep. Liz Cheney, a vocal Trump critic, recently warned in a CBS interview of a potential dictatorship under Trump, saying the nation would be “sleepwalking into a dictatorship” if he is victorious in the next election.
Responding to Cheney’s comments, Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity, “I wouldn’t be a dictator except for Day 1” to address border and oil production issues.
Controversy, criticism surround Trump’s authoritarian remarks
This remark sparked controversy, with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Vice President Al Gore criticizing Trump’s authoritarian tone.
Christie called Trump “an angry, bitter man who now wants to be back as president because he wants to exact retribution on anyone who has disagreed with him.”
Gore, in a CNN interview with Jake Tapper, expressed disbelief at Trump’s assertion, saying, “I saw the other day where he pledged to be a dictator on Day 1, and you kind of wonder what it’ll take for people to believe him when he tells us who he is.”
Trump accuses Democrats of distraction from economic issues
Trump concluded his speech by targeting Democrats over the current state of the economy, accusing them of using the democracy narrative to distract from significant issues like inflation and a potentially looming economic depression.
“They think the threat-to-democracy hoax will save Biden from having created the worst inflation in our country’s history, a fragile economy that may soon end in a depression,” Trump declared, emphasizing his belief in the severity of the economic challenges facing the nation.