Donald Trump is once again threatening to weaponize the Justice Department to exact revenge on his political opponents if he is re-elected in 2024.
Trump made the comments in an interview with conservative radio host Glenn Beck who asked the former president outright if he plans to throw his political opponents in jail like he promised in 2016.
“You said in 2016, you know, ‘lock her up.’ And then when you became president, you said, ‘We don’t do that in America.’ That’s just not the right thing to do. That’s what they’re doing. Do you regret not locking her up? And if you’re president again, will you lock people up?” Beck asked Trump, according to a clip posted by Mediaite.
“Well, I’ll give you an example. The answer is you have no choice because they’re doing it to us,” Trump responded. “I always had such great respect for the office of the president and the presidency and but the office of the president. And I never hit Biden as hard as I could have. And then I heard he was trying to indict me and it was him that was doing it.”
Trump has been indicted four times this year in connection with his alleged mishandling of classified documents, efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results and hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 presidential election.
Trump, the frontrunner for the GOP nomination for president, has denied that he did anything wrong and claimed the indictments are as a result of President Joe Biden weaponizing the Justice Department against him.
The White House has denied that Biden has any involvement in the cases.