Trump: ‘I hate to do this’ but ‘there’s no better option’
Posted On June 30, 2021
Donald Trump says he “hates to do” this, but he would like to “go with what the American people want.”
The president’s response to the deadly riots at the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., in January, which took place the day before he announced his candidacy, was seen by many as an attempt to avoid controversy, though Trump did not go as far as some of his other statements.
Trump’s speech at the rally was seen as an effort to avoid the kind of scrutiny he’s faced for years as a candidate.
“The only thing that we can do right now is go with what they want to do,” he said.
The comments from Trump were met with criticism from Democratic lawmakers, who called the speech a “reckless and unpatriose” display of the president’s power and a “disturbing attempt to undermine the legitimacy of our democracy.”
“He is not the commander in chief,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said.
“He is an entertainer who does not know the difference between a joke and a serious issue.”
Trump has said the march was an “act of terrorism” and “a disgusting demonstration of hatred and bigotry,” and that the president “doesn’t care about women, he doesn’t care for the working class.”
He’s also said the women marching with him are “crazy,” and have “no place” in the country.
“If they think the marches are a threat to their safety, I say let’s go back to the way things were,” Trump said at a rally in February.
“I hate that the marches were allowed to take place.”
Trump also said “we have to be careful because we’ve got a lot of people in this country who don’t know anything about what’s going on in our country,” and said that he “really love” the women who marched with him.
He did not say he “love” the protest itself.
“The marches were horrible,” he told a crowd in Wisconsin.
“And I love it, because it’s a great symbol of our freedom.”
The Women’s march was one of several marches that Trump attended during his campaign.
He also participated in the Women in the World Summit and a Women’s Day rally in Washington.
More: Trump’s inaugural address was seen worldwide as one of the most controversial presidential speeches in recent memory.