Former President Donald Trump’s second term plans have little motivation beyond getting revenge on all the people he believes have wronged him, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl warned on CNN Tuesday morning.
“It’s interesting … in terms of where he is now, as you were getting at, this mindset of winning and he needs to win at all costs this is about winning, some of his comments in CPAC at March were really telling,” said anchor Poppy Harlow. “I want to play that moment.”
“In 2016, I declared I am your voice,” Trump said in the clip. “Today I add, I am your warriors, I am your justice, and for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution.”
“‘I am your retribution,’ playing into this idea that we have heard and I think you can drill down on,” said Harlow. “This is a revenge tour in many ways.”
“Absolutely,” agreed Karl. “He is telling people that I will go after the people who have wronged you by wronging me.”
“It’s a fascinating sleight of hand,” Karl continued. “He tells you that the real target is them, the so-called deep state, the people in our government, our criminal justice system that are going after him and all these cases are really targeting his supporters. Now, obviously, his supporters haven’t done things like pilfered classified documents and taken them to Mar-a-Lago, paid money to a porn star in the midst of a presidential campaign, used the power of the presidency to overturn a presidential election, but it is the central message of his campaign.”
“Retribution is the way it’s described by Steve Bannon, a term he acknowledged he borrows from the Confederate plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln,” added Karl. “It’s about retribution.”
Jon Karl says Trump’s second term is about “retribution”