President Donald Trump is threatening to break up planned demonstrations if he wins reelection in November "very quickly."
During an interview with Fox News' Jeanine Pirro that's slated to air Saturday, Trump addressed the protests that could take place should he defeat Democrat Joe Biden.
"We'll put them down very quickly if they do that," he said.
"We have the right to do that. We have the power to do that if we want. Look, it's called insurrection. We just send in and we, 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, within minutes."
The Insurrection Act, which passed in 1807 and has been amended several times since, allows the president to use the military to enforce laws within the United States.
Trump came under fire for threatening to use active-duty soldiers to squash social unrest in June. Soldiers were posted in and around Washington, D.C., ready to be deployed to the streets of the nation's capital to help control the demonstrations that have plagued the U.S. since the Memorial Day death of George Floyd.
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