By Fred Lucas
Former President Donald Trump revealed his strategy to pay down the national debt without touching entitlements, the global consequences of President Joe Biden’s exit from Afghanistan and other issues Tuesday night.
Trump had a live town hall with Fox News host Sean Hannity Tuesday night in Davenport, Iowa less than a month before the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 15.
The Trump town hall occurred one night before other Republican presidential candidates were set to square off in the fourth debate on Wednesday.
Here are the key highlights from the town hall event.
1. ‘You’re Not Going to be a Dictator, Are You?’
Hannity sited several left-leaning media outlets and Democrat politicians that claimed Trump sought to become a dictator if elected to a second term.
“They want to call you a dictator,” Hannity said.
“To be clear, do you in any way have any plans whatsoever if reelected president to abuse power, to break the law, to use the government to go after people?” Hannity asked.
Trump responded by saying that is what the Biden administration is doing to him.
“Like they’re doing right now?” Trump said. “In the history of our country what’s happened to us, again, has never happened before over nonsense, over nothing, made up charges.”
He noted that mob boss Al Capone was only indicted once.
“I got indicted four times. I wonder what my father and mother would say looking down,” Trump said.
Trump talked about green energy schemes the Biden administration is pushing and pledged to make the U.S. energy independent.
“We are going to do things. We will close the border, day one. The border gets closed,” Trump said. “Day one and a half we drill. Drill, baby, drill. Drill, drill, drill. And probably on day two we will get rid of this ridiculous electric car mandate.”
Hannity asked again, “You are not going to be a dictator, are you?”
Trump joked: “I love this guy. He says, ‘You’re not going to be a dictator, are you? I say no, no, no, other than day one. We are closing the border and drilling, drilling, drilling. Other than that I am not a dictator.”
The Biden campaign in an X post reposted by the Democratic National Committee, capitalized, asserting that Trump would be a dictator on day one…