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‘This is fascism’: Concern grows over Trump’s threat he has ‘support of police, military, Bikers for Trump’

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“The President of the United States is encouraging the military, police, and bikers to violently attack his critics on the left.”

President Donald Trump delivered a thinly-veiled threat in an interview this week with the far right wing website Breitbart.

“I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad,” Trump told Breitbart (Google cache version.)

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The remark was framed as his remarks on the “general tensions between conservatives and leftists.”

Trump’s comments were not widely publicized, as Breitbart, which for years was run by Trump’s former campaign CEO Steve Bannon, is not a mainstream publication. Bannon infamously has described the site as the platform for the alt-right.

But Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale, who focuses on tracking and fact-checking all of Trump’s remarks, posted the quote to Twitter. It quickly drew concern, outrage, and condemnation – and repeated calls of fascism.

Here’s what some experts are saying about the threat from the President:

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REVEALED: Trump interrupted Pentagon briefing about America’s commitment to the world with bizarre rant about himself

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President Donald Trump interrupted his very first Pentagon briefing on America's commitment to the world with a bizarre rant about himself.

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis had prepared meticulously for the July 20, 2017, meeting, and his former speechwriter Guy Snodgrass said the retired U.S. Marine Corps general appeared extremely nervous about briefing the new president for the first time, according to a new Politico feature.

"As the seconds ticked down, Mattis’ nervous energy had been palpable," Snodgrass wrote in the article. "Unusually so. Normally stoic and deliberate with his movements, this morning he was electrified."

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Ex-Trump staffer: Mulvaney needs to resign and get himself a good lawyer

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci suggested acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney resign immediately and lawyer up due to his complicity in Donald Trump's Ukraine phone call seeking dirt on Joe Biden.

Ostensibly brought on to talk about his plan to attempt to draft Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) to run against Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination, Scaramucci -- who host John Berman jokingly noted only lasted 11 days in his White House job -- admitted that he was a fan of Mulvaney, but that he has put himself in a bad place.

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Mulvaney is a ‘repeat customer’ in Trumpworld — and knows the president’s grift better than anyone: Columnist

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After a national outcry over the blatant conflict of interest and warnings from Republican senators that they were reaching their limit of what they could defend, President Donald Trump backed off his plan to host next year's G-7 summit at the Trump National Doral golf resort.

But as Zach Everson noted in The Daily Beast, this was only one incident in a vast tapestry of apparent grifting and profiteering by the president at his own properties.

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