By Gram Slattery
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump published a poll on Truth Social on Tuesday, highlighting that the word voters most associate with a possible second term under his command is “revenge.”
As the campaign heats up ahead of the first Republican nomination race, the message follows a separate post from Truth Social on Christmas Day, in which the former president called on his political opponents to “rot in hell”.
The fact that Trump republished the poll, presented as a word cloud with “revenge” placed at the center in bright red capital letters, suggests that his self-proclaimed “retaliation” agenda is very much on his mind as the United States is heading into an election year.
The poll was carried out by the British survey institute JL Partners.
Trump and many of his allies have vowed to investigate, incarcerate and retaliate against his political opponents if he wins the 2024 presidential election in a likely rematch against Democrats. President Joe Biden.
Facing dozens of federal charges, many related to his attempts to overturn his 2020 election defeat, Trump claims he himself is the victim of a revenge campaign orchestrated by Biden and his Justice Department.
Trump, 77, a clear favorite for the Republican presidential nomination, denies any wrongdoing.
Earlier in December, former Trump advisers Steve Bannon and Kash Patel, both still close to the former president, said on a podcast that Trump was “very serious” about seeking revenge on his perceived enemies.
Trump himself has repeatedly promised retaliation against his political opponents during a possible second term, suggesting he would order federal law enforcement to investigate his enemies.
In an interview with conservative media personality Sean Hannity earlier in December, Trump pledged not to abuse his power or become a dictator “except on day one.”
Taken together, Trump’s comments portend a tough election season. The Iowa caucus, which kicks off the race for the Republican presidential nomination, is scheduled for January 15, and Trump and his allies will hold a series of campaign events in the Status from January 3.
Trump’s main rivals for the Republican nomination, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, will also campaign in Iowa and the second-largest state of New Hampshire in the coming days.
In Tuesday’s social media post, Trump shared the results of a poll commissioned by DailyMail.com, in which voters were asked to provide the word they most associate with Trump’s plans for a second term .
The results, presented in the form of a word cloud, indicated that “revenge” was the most popular choice. The words “Power”, “dictatorship”, “economy” and “America” complete the top five.
In his December 25 Truth Social article, Trump directed his attacks at those who disagreed with him politically, whom he called “thugs.”
“CAN THEY ROT IN HELL,” Trump wrote. “AGAIN, MERRY CHRISTMAS!”
A representative for the Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a Dec. 21 memo, Biden campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez described Trump’s candidacy as a threat to democracy.
“He is waging a campaign of vengeance and retribution – at the expense of Americans’ freedoms,” she wrote.
(Reporting by Gram Slattery; additional reporting by Trevor Hunnitcutt; editing by Sonali Paul)
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