Trump has previously spoken about targeting his opponents, often referring to them as “vermin,” and seeking revenge for what he believes are politically motivated prosecutions against him. As Trump continues to dominate the Republican presidential primary, President Joe Biden has countered by warning the public that Trump is determined to undermine American democracy.
Hannity confronted Trump about these concerns, asking directly if there were any circumstances in which he would abuse power against anyone. In response, Trump initially stated that he would close the border and prioritize drilling on day one of his presidency. He went on to clarify that after these initial actions, he would not behave like a dictator.
During the interview, Hannity also inquired about Trump’s intentions regarding abusing power or using the government to target individuals if he were to be reelected. Trump swiftly deflected the question by pointing out that his opponents are currently engaged in similar tactics.
The interview with Trump took place in Davenport, Iowa, in front of a live audience and was later aired on Fox News. In a previous speech in Iowa, Trump attempted to shift the focus onto Biden, accusing him of being the “destroyer of American democracy.”
It remains to be seen how these comments will impact Trump’s standing in the race for the Republican nomination and how voters will interpret his remarks about potentially abusing power in the future.