Former President Donald Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with “Meet the Press” anchor Kristen Welker, didn’t have much positive to say about the current state of the republic under President Joe Biden, especially after he’s been indicted twice by a federal prosecutor answering to Biden’s Justice Department.
Trump told Welker that he doesn’t view America as much of a “democracy” these days, alluding to what he sees as a lopsided justice system that targets conservatives.
“Mr. President. You have met with prime ministers, kings, queens, dictators. You’ve seen it all. As you think about the possibility of a second term, do you still think that democracy is the most effective form of government?” she asked.
“I do. I do. But it has to be a democracy that’s fair. This democracy is — I don’t consider us to have much of a democracy right now,” Trump responded. “They indict their political opponents. Free speech is shot, because the press is very dishonest, very dishonest.
“Even the way you fight me on simple questions like, you know, the border, and this. You fight me so much. And I say, ‘Why are you fighting me?'” he went on. “Do you know, when I first ran, the approval rating of the media was very high. And now it’s very low.
“It may be below Congress, which is pretty hard to believe. People understand what’s going on. We need a media that’s free and fair. And frankly, if they don’t have that, it’s very, very hard to straighten out our country,” he noted further.
Welker asked, “Did you feel as president you had enough power though? If you were re-elected, would you try to find ways — for example, there’s a report you’re looking into firing potentially people within the federal government who aren’t necessarily perceived to be loyal. Would you need more power if you win?”
Trump was ready for her.
“Well, just so you understand, that’s what the Democrats do. Okay? They do it in spades,” he said.
“Would you do that?” Welker pressed.
“They do it at a level that you wouldn’t believe. I mean, nobody has ever done that. No, I wouldn’t do that. I want great people, whether they’re Republican or Democrat. I want great people. But I want people that love our country, not people that hate our country,” he said.