During a late-night interview with Fox News, President Donald Trump reiterated his claim that Democrats paid protesters to infiltrate his rallies during the 2016 presidential campaign, without providing any evidence to support his claim.
“They sent paid people in to disrupt our rallies,” Trump told Fox News’s Shannon Bream. “When you do that, bad things happen.”
The host also brought up comments from former Attorney General Eric Holder, who said over the weekend that when Republicans “go low,” Democrats should “kick them,” and asked the President about his thoughts on Democrats who say his campaign rallies are uncivil, The Hill reports.
“They were the ones that started everything,” Trump responded. “I would have a rally and paid people were going into those rallies, causing trouble.”
During the interview, Trump also refused to address an account of one of his supporters reportedly punching a protester in the face and instead repeated his attacks on Democrats. He criticized Democrats’ treatment of newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, once again bringing into question the credibility of Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
Trump also defended his Wednesday op-ed published in USA Today denouncing “Medicare for All.”
The President called Fox News’s Shannon Bream amid Hurricane Michael’s ravaging of the Florida Panhandle. At the beginning of the interview, Trump deemed the hurricane a “tough windstorm” and added that he has been in contact with Florida Governor Rick Scott, as well as the governors of Alabama and Georgia, but did not offer any further details.
“To a certain extent, we don’t know [the extent of the damage] because it’s so dark and all the electric is out,” he noted. “We hear it’s a lot of damage and tremendous wind damage. A lot of things are blown over. Hopefully not houses with people in them.”