Appearing Monday on SiriusXM’s Joe Madison The Black Eagle, previous New York Times press reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winner David Cay Johnston claimed if President Donald Trump wins re-election in 2020, “down that road lie shooting squads” and said he “would expect to get shot in the first round.”
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A transcript is as follows:
JOE MADISON: Do you believe, David, that Donald Trump would try to delay or cancel the November election? A great deal of my callers bring that up and I see a great deal of that discussion in social networks.
DAVID CAY JOHNSTON: There’s no legal way for him to do that. We held an election in 1864 throughout the Civil War and we held an election in 1920, when the previous pandemic that eliminated Donald Trump’s grandfather, was underway. If we can hold elections under those scenarios, if we can hold one in 1944, then yes, we of course are going to hold an election. I believe what’s most likely is extreme efforts to reject the franchise to turn people away at the polls to do what they performed in Dodge City, Kansas, which has a majority Latino population, they moved the ballot to a place outside the city restricts more than a mile from the nearest bus stop to suppress the Latino vote.
We have actually got to get this man out of workplace or it’s the end of our democracy, and down that road, Joe, lie firing squads.
MADISON: Shooting teams?
JOHNSTON: Well, that’s what dictators do. I indicate, I have no, you know, I said after Donald Trump won the electoral college, that if he could discover a way to have me apprehended, cause he said he dislikes me more than any other reporter worldwide, that he would do so. Which Trump, who has no compassion for anyone else, all of us are just things, Joe, we’re not individuals. Every case that I have actually ever studied that a country has been taken over by a dictator, obviously there are firing squads. And I would expect to get shot in the first round.