President Donald Trump made comments in an interview with Breitbart News Friday warning against "hard" supporters that things could become "very bad" if provoked by his political adversaries.
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"I can tell you the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump," Trump said in an interview to Breitbart on Monday, after he was allegedly asked "how the left fights hard."
"I have the tough people, but they do not play it hard ̵
Trump tweeted a link to promoting the site Thursday night after several Democrats and political commentators raised issues with the comments and whether this poses a potential threat of violence.
"I think it's more than an implicit threat," said Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, in an interview on Wednesday on MSNBC. "It sounds like me, as if encouraging them to take part in something that's probably illegal, like attacking people."
But Trump put out the tweet early Friday after the massacre had been reported overnight in two mosques in New Zealand, although it was not immediately clear whether the attacks had an impact on the decision. The White House did not immediately respond to a request from ABC News to comment on the deleted tweet.
The White House Adviser, Kellyanne Conway, in an interview in CNN on Thursday evening denies that the president is in any way pleading for the violence of his followers.
"You have to read the entire interview," Conway said. "He spoke of how peaceful and gentle many people are who are otherwise tough."
Although the comments follow the trend that the president uses disguised language to play the "tenacity" of his followers in the face of what he calls radical and unwavering resistance.
"You are so happy that we are peaceful," Trump said in an election campaign in September 2018. "Law enforcement, military, construction worker, biker for Trump."
Trump added, "But they are peaceful people and Antifa and everyone hopes they will stay that way."
Similarly, during the presidential campaign of 2016, Trump seemed to raise the specter of possible violence against his opponent Hillary Clinton when speaking at a rally in North Carolina of her desire to tighten the nation's gun laws.
"If she can choose her judges, you can not do anything, people," Trump said. "Although the Second Amendment people – maybe they exist, I do not know."
At the time, Trump and his campaign insisted that he only called for proponents of gun rights to vote against Clinton.