Spokesperson for the National Rifle Association (NRA) Dana Loesch speaks during the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on February 22, 2018.

Source: Hank Berrien

On Thursday, President Trump, speaking with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, spoke about violent protesters, asserting, “I mean, it’s a disgrace what’s happened to our country. Now, with that being said, the Republicans have to get tougher. And I’m telling them all the time, because they’re sitting back, they want to be politically correct. They think, ‘Oh, it’s terrible to say something bad.’ No, no, no. I told them, ‘You’ll see, if anyone attacks’ … I stopped it the other night, I stopped it a number of times, but you’ll see what’s happening. And we told them, every night we’re going to get tougher and tougher. At some point, there’s going to be retribution, because there has to be. These people are vandals, but they’re agitators, but they’re really terrorists, in a sense.”

Of course, Trump’s remarks were taken by the mainstream media and twisted so it looked as though he was speaking only about people who vandalized monuments:

CNN’s Brian Stelter snapped on Twitter, “There we go again with the president using the word ‘terrorists.’”

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