Trump: Opponents 'better just take it easy'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could 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 TrumpOn The Money: Trump to sign border deal, declare emergency to build wall | Senate passes funding bill, House to follow | Dems promise challenge to emergency declaration The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? Push for paid family leave heats up ahead of 2020 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 NielsenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? FEMA head resigns 'El Chapo' found guilty on all charges MORE in a Mexican restaurant.

Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOn The Money: Lawmakers closing in on border deal | Dems build case for Trump tax returns | Trump, Xi won't meet before trade deadline | Waters in talks with Mnuchin for testimony Waters in talks with Mnuchin for testimony on lifting of sanctions on Russian firms Fox's Kilmeade: Why doesn't Trump investigate personal finances of Schiff and Waters? 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."