Sen. Hirono Accuses Trump of an ‘Implicit Threat’ After Comments on ‘Tough’ Supporters: He’s ‘Encouraging’ Assault


Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) is accusing President Donald Trump of making an implicit threat of violence.

Appearing on MSNBC Thursday night, the Hawaii senator ripped the president for comments he made to Breitbart in which he said that things could get “very bad” if his supporters in the military, police, and motorcycle clubs decide to start playing “tough.”

“What is that but a strong message inducing people to hurt others?” Hirono said. “This is not the kind of language the President of the United States should be employing! Words matter.”

Trump’s full comment was as follows:

“I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump,” he continued. “I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”

Asked by host Chris Hayes if the remark constitutes an implicit threat, Hirono was unequivocal.

“I think it’s more than an implicit threat,” Hirono said. “It sounds very much to me that encouraging them to engage in something that’s probably illegal, such as assaulting people…[it] sounds like a threat to me. I think it’s appalling.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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