Trump vows to ‘crush any riots’ and ‘put down insurrection within minutes’ if people protest on election night

DONALD Trump has said his administration will "crush any riots" that might unfold if he's declared the winner of the presidential election.

“We’ll put them down very quickly if they do that," Trump said in an interview with Fox News' Jeanine Pirro that's set to air on Saturday.

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According to Politico, Trump was asked how he would respond to any riots that could happen based on the 2020 election results on November 3.

"We have the right to do that. We have the power to do that, if we want,” Trump said of "crushing riots" as he taped the interview on Thursday.

“Look, it’s called insurrection,” he said. “We just send in, and we do it very easy. I mean, it’s very easy.

"I’d rather not do that because there’s no reason for it, but if we had to, we’d do that and put it down within minutes.”

According to Hawkfish, a Democratic data and analytics firm, Trump will appear to have won by a landslide on election night.

CEO Josh Mendelsohn recently told Axios that votes coming in on could very well show that Trump won re-election, but described it as a “red mirage.”

"We are sounding an alarm and saying that this is a very real possibility, that the data is going to show on election night an incredible victory for Donald Trump," Mendelsohn said.

"When every legitimate vote is tallied and we get to that final day, which will be some day after Election Day, it will in fact show that what happened on election night was exactly that, a mirage.

"It looked like Donald Trump was in the lead and he fundamentally was not when every ballot gets counted."

Per a possible scenario from the group, Trump “could hold a projected lead of 408-130 electoral votes on election night” – even if only 15 percent of mail-in votes are counted.

But once 75 percent of the mailed-in ballots are counted – which could be, say, four days later – Democratic opponent Joe Biden could be in the lead.

This particular scenario from Hawkfish shows Biden winning the Electoral College 334-204.

In the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton beat Trump by nearly 2.9million popular votes with 65,844,954 to his 62,979,879.

But Trump won 306 Electoral College votes to Clinton’s 232.

During the 2016 election, Clinton was expected to beat Trump by a massive landslide – based on polling from likely voters leading up to Election Day.

Most national surveys overstated what would likely be a narrow popular vote advantage for Clinton and led many to believe she was a shoo-in to win the Electoral College.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, states have expanded their mail-in voting laws and Americans are expected to vote-by-mail more this fall than in any other election.

The shift to voting via the US Postal Service is increasing the chances that the US will not know the winner of November’s presidential race on election night.

It’s a scenario that is fueling worries about whether Trump will use the delay to sow doubts about the results.

Delayed results have been common in a few states where elections are already conducted largely by mail.

But a presidential election hasn’t been left in limbo since 2000, when ballot irregularities in Florida led to weeks of chaos and court fights.

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