Trump: ‘There is One Way to Settle Our Disagreements … Peacefully, at the Ballot Box’

By Patrick Goodenough | October 25, 2018 | 2:23am EDT
President Trump addresses supporters in Mosinee, Wisconsin on October 24, 2018. (Screen capture: YouTube)

( – President Trump on Wednesday night condemned violence and threats of violence following the interception of explosive devices mailed to prominent Democrats, but also spoke more generally about the corrosive tone of today’s politics, alluding to attacks by liberals on Republican lawmakers in public places.

“Any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself,” he told supporters at a rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin.

Trump said an “aggressive investigation” was underway into the packages sent to President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others, and that those responsible would be brought to justice, “hopefully very quickly.”

“No nation can succeed that tolerates violence, or the threat of violence, as a method of political intimidation, coercion or control.”

“We want all sides to come together in peace and harmony,” he said. “We can do it.”

“More broadly,” Trump continued, “there’s much we can do to bring our nation together.”

He called for an end to people treating their political opponents as “morally defective” or comparing them to “historical villains.”

(After Trump described himself as a “nationalist” at a rally in Houston earlier this week some critics compared him to Hitler – and not for the first time.)

“We should not mob people in public spaces or destroy public property,” he added. “There is one way to settle our disagreements: it’s called peacefully, at the ballot box.”

With the midterm elections looming, Trump said it was essential for democracy for voters to contrast and compare the policies put forward by the two parties.

“We need more, not less debate about policy issues in our country,” he said. “But what we cannot do is let our disagreements about matters of policy tear us apart as a country.”

“We must accept the verdict of elections – and remember that America’s greatest achievements have always been those endeavors we embarked on together.”

The rally, in support of Republican Senate nominee Leah Vukmir and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, was somewhat more subdued that Trump’s recent campaign rallies have typically been.

At one point he criticized Vukmir’s opponent, incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

“Leah’s radical, far-left opponent is Tammy Baldwin, who wants a socialist takeover of healthcare,” he said in a mild, almost deadpan tone.

Then, he added, “You know, I’m trying to say that very nicely, I’m trying to – you know, normally I’d scream, ‘They want a socialist takeover!’ but now I say, ‘They want a socialist takeover.’ I’m trying to be nice.”

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