As President Donald Trump’s government shutdown continues in its thirty-fourth day, a 2014 interview with Fox News is recirculating.
The video, flagged by authoritarianism expert Sarah Kendzior, was on the topic of Trump’s opposition to ObamaCare.
In the video, Trump outlines why he believes economic collapse will bring people around to his point-of-view.
“You know what solves it? When the economy crashes, when the country goes to total hell and everything is a disaster, then you’ll have a, you know, you’ll have riots to go back to where we used to be when we were great,” Trump argued.
Kendzior has previously analyzed the video.
“This is what ‘Make America Great Again’ means to Donald Trump,” she explained. “It is how he has operated his businesses, taking advantage of economic disasters like the housing market crash for personal gain.”
“It is why, during a long and painful recession, he made ‘You’re fired’ a national catchphrase, because he understands that sometimes it feels good to know that the person getting fired, for once, is not you,” she continued.
“No one holds Trump accountable, because he is exactly what he claimed to be railing against: an elite billionaire with no concern for the average person, a kleptocrat who enjoys taunting people less powerful than him with threats,” Kendzior argued. “When you have that kind of money, which Trump was given in birth and further gained through fraud, there are few limitations to the ways you can hurt people.”
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) August 2, 2016