Trump calls Black Lives Matter protesters 'terrorists' — and warns 'there is going to be retribution'
Donald Trump (Olivier Douliery:AFP)

On a pre-recorded town hall interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News Thursday, President Donald Trump attacked Black Lives Matter demonstrators as "terrorists" and threatened "retribution," according to The Daily Beast.

His threats were directed specifically at the protesters who have defaced and toppled statues and monuments in cities around America.

“Every night we’re going to get tougher and tougher. At some point there is going to be retribution because there has to be,” said Trump in the interview. “These people are vandals. But they’re agitators, but they’re really, they’re terrorists in a sense.”

Trump has leaned heavily into "law and order" rhetoric, opposing several meaningful reforms of policing like changes to qualified immunity, and threatening to send the military to disperse protests.