Trump warns of violent change if Republicans lose midterms

Washington :

US President Donald Trump warned evangelical leaders that if Republicans lose control of Congress in the midterm elections, Democrats will institute change “quickly and violently”, a media report said.

At a meeting with those leaders at the White House on Monday, Trump said everything was at stake for his conservative agenda if his party loses in November, according to an audiotape of the meeting obtained by The New York Times.

Democrats “will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently,” Trump said, according to the Times report published on Wednesday night. “They will end everything immediately.”

“When you look at Antifa,” he added, referring to militant leftist anti-fascism groups, “and you look at some of these groups, these are violent people.” The Times said a White House spokesman, Hogan Gidley, declined to expand on what the President meant. It was not the first time Trump has warned of violence if things did not go his way.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, he said his supporters would probably react violently if he did not win the Republican nomination. “I think you’d have riots,” Trump warned.

The Times said reporters were allowed to listen in on brief comments by Trump during the Monday meeting with ministers and pastors, and heard him talk about abortion, religious freedom and youth unemployment.

But after the Press was shown out of the room, Trump changed the subject and suggested how the evangelical leaders could help Republicans win in Nov, the Times reported. “I just ask you to go out and make sure all of your people vote,” Trump said. “Because if they don’t — it’s November 6 — if they don’t vote we’re going to have a miserable two years and we’re going to have, frankly, a very hard period of time because then it just gets to be one election — you’re one election away from losing everything you’ve got.”

Meanwhile, Search engine Google on Tuesday denied the claims its search engines are “biased towards any political ideology”, thus responding to Trump’s accusation those search algorithms are designed to silence conservative voices.

China denies it hacked Clinton’s emails

Beijing: China has denied an accusation by US President Donald Trump that it hacked the emails of Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent in the 2016 election.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing on Wednesday that “We are firmly opposed to all forms of cyberattacks and espionage.”

Trump tweeted shortly after midnight that China had hacked Clinton’s emails, without offering any evidence, and suggested that the FBI and Department of Justice should investigate.

US intelligence agencies have accused Russia of involvement in the hacking of Democratic emails during the election campaign.

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