The New York Times has issued a warning to Americans: Elect former President Donald Trump in 2024, and expect him to go after every political opponent he has.
The Times’ opinion piece — authored by Maggie Haberman, Jonathan Swan and Charlie Savage — is titled “Why a Second Trump Presidency May Be More Radical Than His First” and leads with a snippet from an interview Trump gave to Playboy magazine in 1989.
The “throwaway line” that the authors wrote about had to do with China’s Communist Party using troops and tanks to crush the now-infamous Tiananmen Square protest by pro-democracy demonstrators.
Trump celebrated the actions of the Chinese government in that interview, saying, in part:
“They were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength.”
According to the three Times reporters, that line is a foreshadowing of what is to come if Trump were to win next year’s election: Four years of him using “strength” to do everything he can to get back at his political opponents.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 4, 2023
“[Trump] has glorified political violence and spoken admiringly of autocrats for decades,” the article reads.
They continue to write that Trump has promised ” to wreak vengeance against his adversaries” through the powers of the Department of Justice.
The Times’ piece follows similar rhetoric that is being spewed by other liberal media outlets. Many TV anchors, for instance, have consistently gone on air to warn Americans about the potential dangers of voting Trump into the White House for a second time.
The counter to this, of course, is that many hardline conservatives believe this is exactly what the Biden administration is doing to Trump now. Trump has been indicted in four separate cases — two at the federal level, and one each in New York state and Georgia — with 91 total felony counts levied against him.
For his part, Trump has consistently denied any wrongdoing in all cases, and has said over and over again that the criminal investigations into him — and the New York civil case against him, his sons and his business — are politically motivated.