President Trump, during his Fox News Town Hall, shared his plan for “ultimate retribution”.
During his Town Hall, Trump shared “We are run by fools. We’re run by stupid people. But we ran it very smart for four years and we won everything. We won everything.”
This led to Fox News host Brett Baierto asking, “You get questions about what a second term’s going to look like when you’re in your rallies. You spend a lot of time talking about retribution, and so there are questions about how much a second term of a Donald Trump presidency, a second term, would be about retribution and looking backward in grievances and how much would be looking forward?”
Trump responded, “Well, first of all, a lot of people would say that that’s not so bad. Look what they did. Russia, Russia, Russia hoax, the FBI Twitter hoax, the 51 intelligence agents hoax. All of these different hoaxes that they did. I mean, a lot of people would say, that’s probably quite normal.”
He concluded, “I’m not going to have time for retribution,” he continued. “We’re going to make this country so successful. Again, I’m not going to have time for retribution. And remember this, our ultimate retribution is success.”
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TRUMP:“Our ultimate retribution is success”
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) January 11, 2024
Donald Trump has made the idea of “retribution” a centerpiece of his 2024 campaign for the White House, telling supporters at rally after rally he would use the full force of the presidency to go after his perceived political enemies.
The rhetoric has stoked alarm among critics that a second Trump term could usher in a wave of authoritarian revenge.
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But on Wednesday night, in a sudden change, Trump backed off the message he’s spent nearly a year touting on the stump.
“I’m not going to have time for retribution,” Trump said during a town hall with Fox News in Iowa, where he sat down with the network’s Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum as his Republican opponents traded attacks on stage at Drake University.
“We’re going to make the country so successful again, I’m not going to have time for retribution,” Trump claimed. “And remember this: our ultimate retribution is success.”
~ President Trump ~
“I’m not going to have time for retribution.”
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— Gary D (@KMGGaryde) January 11, 2024
Per The Daily Wire:
Former President Donald Trump said he will not “have time for retribution” during a second term in the White House in an apparent walk-back of comments made earlier in the campaign.
Trump sat with Fox News hosts Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum during a live town hall event in Iowa on Wednesday evening. The Trump event took place as CNN held a debate between Trump’s Republican primary foes, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.