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News Press Releases Donald Trump Democracy Friday, Jun 7 2024

Trump: ‘Sometimes revenge can be justified’

Jun 07, 2024

In case you missed it, last night in an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw, Donald Trump refused to commit to not seeking revenge on his political rivals if he returns to the White House.

At the tail end of a softball interview wherein McGraw echoed Trump’s election conspiracies and complaints about his criminal trial, he implored the twice-impeached criminal felon running for president to rise above the desire to seek revenge. Given multiple opportunities to do so, Trump couldn’t bring himself to commit, saying, “Well, revenge does take time, I will say that. And sometimes revenge can be justified.” 

Learn more about Trump’s revenge fantasies from The Hill:

  • Former President Trump said Thursday revenge “can be justified,” the latest instance of the presumptive GOP nominee leaving the door open to going after his opponents, even as he argued the country is worse off after his criminal trial in New York.
  • Trump sat for an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw, who suggested to the former president he didn’t have time to “get even” with his critics. 
  • “Well, revenge does take time, I will say that. And sometimes revenge can be justified, Phil, I have to be honest. Sometimes it can,” Trump responded.
  • “I think the country is really worse for what they’ve done, and I think you see that when you look at the poll numbers,” Trump continued. “When you see that almost $400 million has poured in since this horrible decision was made. That was a few days ago. Numbers that nobody’s ever heard of in politics before. It’s a great honor. The people of our country get it.”
  • Trump was found guilty last week by a jury on all 34 of falsifying business records to conceal alleged affairs during his 2016 campaign. It makes him the first U.S. president to be convicted of a felony.
  • In the days since the verdict, Trump has repeatedly suggested it would be fair game and he would be justified in targeting his opponents if he is reelected in November.
  • Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday he would have “every right to go after them” after his own prosecution.
  • The former president told Newsmax on Tuesday it was “very possible” Democrats could face prosecution down the road.

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Published: Jun 7, 2024

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