Trump: Opponents ‘better just take it easy’
President Trump 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.
Trump warns his critics to “take it easy.”
“I hope the other side realizes that they better just take it easy. They better just take it easy b/c some of the language used, some of the words used, even some of the radical ideas I really think they are very bad for the country” pic.twitter.com/1v5PzZQO6z
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 1, 2018
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 Trump 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 Nielsen in a Mexican restaurant.
Rep. Maxine Waters (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.”