Former President Donald Trump seemed to catch Fox News host Sean Hannity off-guard with his response to a question about his plans for a second Trump administration.
During a town hall forum in Davenport, Iowa, on Tuesday, Mr. Hannity noted that “far-Left hacks and the media mob” have been predicting that President Trump would become a “dictator” if he retakes the White House.
When Mr. Hannity asked President Trump to promise that he would “never abuse power” in such a manner, the former president replied he wouldn’t–“Except for Day One.”
Mr. Hannity asked him to explain.
“We’re closing the border and we’re drilling, drilling, drilling,” President Trump said, adding with a wry smile, “After that, I’m not a dictator–okay?”
The audience responded with laughter and cheers. But the former president’s attempt at humor became fodder for some of his critics.
President Trump’s supporters posted longer videos that included the full context of the exchange between the former president and Mr. Hannity.
The town hall was held in Iowa as President Trump and his Republican rivals are running full-steam ahead, seeking to win the state’s first-in-nation caucuses on Jan. 15.
President Trump faces 91 criminal charges, many of which were filed by members of President Biden’s Department of Justice; the incumbent president has denied exerting influence over prosecution decisions.
Meanwhile, Mr. Hannity noted that President Biden is showing signs of “cognitive decline,” including often struggling to find words during public appearances.
“I personally don’t think he makes it,” President Trump said, adding he waited “for this big town hall” to disclose his opinion. “I think he’s in bad shape physically...and mentally.”Earlier this year, the White House shared a doctor’s report declaring President Biden fit to fulfill the duties of the presidency. He recently turned 81 years old and is the nation’s oldest president.
President Trump, 77, recently released a document from a physician attesting to his good health and recent weight loss.
The audience in Davenport cheered when Mr. Hannity announced that President Trump is leading President Biden in nearly all major polls nationwide.
Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley was drawing 14 percent of voters. But the most recent polls listed there were conducted in late October through mid-November. So, voters’ opinions may have shifted since then.
On Dec. 6, Mr. DeSantis and Ms. Haley will join two other Republicans, Ohio entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, for the fourth GOP debate of the 2024 election cycle.
In several recent public statements, Mr. DeSantis characterized President Trump as a “keyboard warrior” who is afraid to debate in person. President Trump’s supporters, however, say that depiction is laughable. They say he has fought hard for the American people and has been attacked from all angles for doing so.The former president has repeatedly stated that, while he is so far ahead in polls, he stands to gain nothing by participating in the debates, calling them a waste of time.
“Iowa represents this country more than any place. And it also represents tradition,” he said, noting that when people think of Iowa, they think about farming and about politics—two hallmarks of the state.President Trump said he intends to pay frequent visits to the Hawkeye State after the first of the year.
“The last couple of weeks, we’ll be blitzin',” he promised. Despite his large lead in the polls, “we don’t want to take any chances.”