Donald Trump warned his critics in an interview Sunday that they’d “better take it easy,” and cautioned that they are “dangerous for the country.”
He blasted the “language” and “radical ideas” of people from “the other side.”
“I hope the other side realizes that they better just take it easy,” Trump said on the Fox News’ program “Sunday Morning Features.”
“Because some of the language used, some of the words used, even some of the radical ideas, I really think they’re very bad for the country. I think they’re actually very dangerous for the country,” he added.
Trump was responding to a question from the relentlessly flattering Maria Bartiromo about recent criticism against Trump and members of his administration. She referred to “your lovely” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was recently told to leave a Virginia restaurant, and actor Robert De Niro, who said “Fuck Trump” — twice — from the stage of the Tony Award presentations last month.
Another critic Trump likely had in mind was Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who late last month called on protesters to continue to confront members of his administration over its harsh immigration policy. Trump in turn tweeted that Waters had an “extraordinarily low low IQ” and warned her: “Be careful what you wish for.” She said Trump’s attack increased the number of death threats against her and taunted at a Los Angeles rally Saturday: “If you shoot at me you’d better shoot straight.”
Trump’s comments followed massive “Families Belong Together” protests across the nation of tens of thousands of people demonstrating against his “zero tolerance” policy concerning undocumented immigrants and separating migrant children from their parents.
The president also said in the Fox interview that if recent calls to abolish ICE succeed, “people will be afraid to walk out of [their] house.” He said if Democrats continue to push to abolish ICE “they’re gonna get beat so bad, I think they’ll never win another election,” he added. “So I’m actually quite happy about it.”
He also praised how “tough” ICE is. In a tweet Saturday, Trump boasted that he had “watched” ICE “liberate towns from the grasp” of MS-13 gang members, but didn’t detail where there might have occurred.
Asked if he was going to quiz his picks for Supreme Court justice to replace Anthony Kennedy about their stance on Roe v. Wade, he responded: “That’s a big one. Probably not.” He said he’s looking to choose “conservatives” like Neil Gorsuch. Trump’s list of prospective nominees, however, was created with the help of the conservative Federalist Society, a think tank deeply opposed to reproductive rights.
Trump also boasted about the economy, which has been on an uptick since the Obama administration and said he’s considering shaving another percent from the corporate tax rate which was already sliced last year from 35 percent to 21 percent.
He called the tax cuts “incredible” and boasted of his “biggest ever” reduction of regulations. There’s still “more regulation cutting to do,” he said, but the nation will still have the “cleanest water, cleanest air.”