Trump Brings Up ‘Dictator’ Remark At NY Republican Gala

Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump gestures as he leaves a campaign rally, Saturday, July 29, 2023, in Erie, Pa. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
  • Former President Trump on Saturday revisited the “dictator” comment that he made earlier in week in a Fox News town hall event.
  • Trump was pressed at the Fox TV event about whether he would abuse power or serve as a “dictator” if reelected to the White House. He responded, just for “one day,” a remark he repeated Saturday, saying so he can finish his border wall and drill for oil.
  • Trump’s word choice seems to be an attempt to be a provocateur and joke ,but some took the comment more literally.
  • “[Peter] Baker today in the New York Times said that I want to be a dictator,” Trump said Saturday while delivering a keynote speech to the New York Young Republican Club’s 111th Annual Gala. “I didn’t say that. I said I want to be a dictator for one day. You know why I wanted to be a dictator? Because I want a wall, and I want to drill, drill, drill.”