US President Donald Trump has warned of “violence” if Republican Party lawmakers lose their majority in Congress after the November midterm elections.
At a dinner for evangelical Christian preachers on Monday night at the White House, Trump urged religious leaders to use the power of their pulpits to make sure that “all of your people vote” in November, according to an audio recording of the meeting obtained by the New York Times.
“You’re one election away from losing everything you’ve got,” Trump reportedly told them.
“They will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently. And violently. There’s violence. When you look at antifa, and you look at some of these groups, these are violent people,” Trump said at the meeting.
Antifa – short for anti-fascist – refers to groups of far-left protesters who fight far-right ideology and regularly clash with far-right demonstrators.