'Threatening America with his Gestapo': Trump ignites backlash over threat to 'put down' protests if he wins
President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing on September 7, 2020. (Screenshot)

This Thursday, President Trump threatened to  “put … down very quickly” any riots that might take place on election night if he's victorious.

“We’ll put them down very quickly if they do that. We have the right to do that. We have the power to do that, if we want,” Trump told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro.

“Look, it’s called insurrection,” he added. “We just send in, and we do it very easy. I mean, it’s very easy. I’d rather not do that because there’s no reason for it, but if we had to, we’d do that and put it down within minutes.”

Reacting to his threat, Trump's critics on Twitter saw it as another manifestation of what they say are his fascistic tendencies.