Speaking at a private event Thursday morning, Trump described reporters as “scum”, raged at the Democrats’ impeachment proceedings, and suggested that the whistleblower was “close to a spy” and deserved to be executed.
“Basically, that person never saw the report, never saw the call, he never saw the call — heard something and decided that he or she, or whoever the hell they saw — they’re almost a spy,” Trump said.
“I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to a spy,” he continued. “You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”
Trump seemed to be alluding to a time when America executed spies, and was suggesting that anyone who spoke to the whistleblower was also “close to a spy” and could face retribution.
This is particularly worrisome because it would appear that Trump was threatening both the whistleblower, as well as any possible witnesses.
A person attending the event provided the Los Angeles Times with a recording of the president’s remarks.