Trump: Opponents 'better just take it easy'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE on Sunday blamed his opponents for the division in the country, warning that those who have spoken out against him should “take it easy.” 

Trump appeared on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” where he was asked about recent incidents in which celebrities cursed him out and protesters demonstrated against members of his administration in restaurants and public spaces.

“I hope the other side realizes that they better just take it easy,” Trump said.


“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 dangerous for the country,” he added. 

Fox News host Maria Bartiromo then praised Trump’s economic accomplishments, prompting the president to launch into a list of positive statistics about U.S. unemployment.

Protests against Trump administration officials in recent weeks have set off a new debate surrounding civility in politics.

Actor Robert De Niro cursed out the president during the Tony Awards, while comedian Samantha Bee landed in hot water for calling Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump says Russia doesn’t pose threat, contradicting intelligence director Ivanka Trump's fashion line dropped from Hudson's Bay due to 'performance' Trump's harsh immigration policies are a gift for human traffickers MORE a "feckless c---" for her silence on the administration's separation of migrant families.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave The Red Hen restaurant in Virginia last week, days after protesters approached Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenSomalis in US to keep protected status Hillicon Valley: Officials pressed on Russian interference at security forum | FCC accuses Sinclair of deception | Microsoft reveals Russia tried to hack three 2018 candidates | Trump backs Google in fight with EU | Comcast gives up on Fox bid Maxine Waters defenders gather to counter far-right protest that doesn’t happen: report MORE in a Mexican restaurant.

Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersMaxine Waters defenders gather to counter far-right protest that doesn’t happen: report Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia Maxine Waters warns supporters not to counterprotest armed rallies against her MORE (D-Calif.) escalated tensions when she encouraged supporters to confront Trump officials in public. She later defended her comments, saying she supports peaceful protests.

Trump and his allies have sought to pin blame for the lack of civil discourse on Democrats, claiming liberals are hypocrites on issues of tolerance.

However, Waters and other Democrats have noted Trump frequently derides his opponents with nicknames, has encouraged his supporters to harm protesters at his rallies and was caught on tape bragging about groping women.

The president drew criticism last August when he declined to single out white supremacists after they clashed with counterprotesters during a rally in Charlottesville, Va. Instead, he said there was blame on "both sides."