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Trump Vows Limited Dictatorship: Promises Only ‘Day One’ if Elected

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Former President Donald Trump during a Fox News town hall on Tuesday.
Former President Donald Trump during a Fox News town hall on Tuesday. (Screenshot)

In a Fox News town hall on Tuesday, former President Donald Trump said that he would not assume a dictatorial role if elected president, with the exception of the first day in office. The statement came in response to host Sean Hannity’s inquiry about potential abuse of presidential power for retribution. When questioned about a commitment to avoiding such misuse of authority, Trump replied, “Except for Day One,” emphasizing the phrase.

Responding to Hannity’s question about commitment to avoiding the misuse of power, Trump confidently declared, “Except for Day One,” underscoring the phrase to emphasize his point.

Asked for clarification, Trump said, “I want to close the border, and I want to drill, drill, drill.” Later, he reinforced his unconventional stance, jokingly acknowledging Hannity’s skepticism by saying, “I love this guy. He says, ‘You’re not going to be a dictator, are you?’ I said: ‘No, no, no. Other than Day One.'”

The Biden campaign wasted no time seizing on Trump’s remarks, swiftly sharing a clip of the exchange on X. Following the town hall, Biden campaign manager Julie Chávez Rodriguez delivered a scathing critique of Trump, stating, “Donald Trump has been telling us exactly what he will do if he’s reelected, and tonight he said he will be a dictator on day one. Americans should believe him.”

The unexpected admission by the former president adds a surprising twist to the political landscape as the 2024 elections loom.

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