Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump called himself a “unifier” on Wednesday but warned that there would be “riots” if his party did not award him the nomination.
“I think there’s a natural healing process,” Trump told CNN’s Chris Cuomo following his Tuesday wins in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri. “Once the battle is over, once the war is over, I think there really is a natural healing process. And I’ve gotten along with people all my life. This is actually a little bit unusual.”
“I think we will win before getting to the convention,” he continued. “But I can tell you, if we didn’t and if we’re 20 votes short or if we’re 100 short and we’re at 1,100 and somebody else is at 500 or 400 because we’re way ahead of everybody, I don’t think you can say that we don’t get it automatically, I think you would have riots. I think you would have riots.”
Trump reminded Cuomo that he represented “many millions of people.”
“If you disenfranchise those people and you say that I’m sorry but you’re 100 votes short even though the next one is 500 votes short, I think you would have problems like you’ve never seen before,” he insisted. “I think bad things would happen.”
Exactly what would Republicans and Tea Partiers say if a Democrat were to threaten violence just as Donald Trump is doing?