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- Jun 6, 2005
One month before the 2016 election, then-candidate Donald Trump issued a dire warning.
“We are a divided nation, and each week it seems we’re getting more and more divided, with race riots in our streets on a monthly basis,” Trump told rallygoers on Oct. 3, 2016. “This is not the America that was handed down to us, and it’s not the America we want given to our children. But this is the America we will have if we don’t change our leadership immediately.”
Nearly four years later, Trump is citing ongoing “lawlessness” for why Americans should not change the country’s leadership, mirroring much of the rhetoric he routinely used in 2016. You can watch examples of this rhetoric in the video above.
Trump has warned increasingly in recent weeks that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would permit “lawlessness.” This week, Trump said that the country “would go to hell” and that there would be “riots like you’ve never seen” in a Biden administration. But there is little evidence that Trump’s “law and order” message has helped close his polling deficit against Biden.