In a Fox News town hall in Iowa, former President Donald J. Trump took a softer stance on the idea of seeking retribution against political foes, emphasizing his dedication to making the country successful. He stated, “I’m not going to have time for retribution. We’re going to make this country so successful again.”
While Trump didn’t entirely rule out the possibility of retaliation, he acknowledged that some might support such actions given what he perceived as Democrats’ behavior during his presidency. He noted, “Well, first of all, a lot of people would say that that’s not so bad. Look what they did.”
The town hall, coinciding with a debate between his rivals, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley, provided insights into Trump’s focus on a potential general election against President Biden. Ahead of the Iowa caucuses, Trump hinted at having a running mate but kept the name under wraps.
During an audience member’s question about abortion, Trump, while not committing to a formal stance, shared his role in the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. He expressed a willingness to propose something that aligns with what people want.
In a departure from his usual campaign events, Trump engaged with both moderators and audience members, addressing questions on various topics. When asked about his previous warning of potential “bedlam” in the country, he vaguely referred to Biden and accused him of political manoeuvring without going into specifics.
Trump also clarified his comment about being a dictator on “Day 1” during a previous Fox News appearance, stating unequivocally, “I am not going to be a dictator.” He emphasized that his approach in a potential second term would mirror his previous governance.
Touching on political violence, Trump acknowledged its unacceptability while downplaying its occurrence during his presidency, seemingly overlooking the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.