President Trump has threatened to use force against demonstrators if he wins a second term in November. In an interview with Fox News host Jeanine Perro scheduled to air Saturday, Trump suggested he would use the Insurrection Act to quell demonstrations on the night of the election if he defeats Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
“We’ll put them down very quickly if they do that. We have the right to do that, we have the power to do that if we want,” Trump told Pirro about the possibility of rioting and demonstrations.
“Look, it’s called insurrection. We just send in and we do it, very easy. I mean, it’s very easy. I’d rather not do that because there’s no reason for it, but if we had to we’d do that and put it down within minutes,” Trump added.
The Insurrection Act of 1807 allows the president to deploy federal troops to U.S. streets in cases of civil unrest, insurrection and rebellion. Trump previously threatened to invoke the act in June to quell rioting after the death of George Floyd.