We’re used to Donald Trump’s old tweets coming back to haunt him. For every controversy or misstep, you can pretty much guarantee there’s a damning tweet from 2012 claiming the opposite.

But now a Fox News video from 2014, which shows Trump talking about an “economic crash” and riots as a route back to when America was “great”, has resurfaced as the longest government shutdown in US history continues to divide America.

Trump’s call to Fox & Friends - a show he regularly promotes on Twitter - reveals his ability to tolerate and even encourage unrest to get what he wants.

He criticised Obamacare, the healthcare legislation brought in by president Obama, as a “freebie” for those who “don’t want to work”. This is not correct, as Obamacare isn’t free and recipients pay premiums.

Trump said:

You know what solves it?

When the economy crashes, when the country goes to total hell and everything is a disaster — then you’ll have riots to go back to where we used to be when we were great.

The US government shutdown continues, making it the longest in the country’s history. As 800,000 federal workers face missing a second paycheque, president Trump’s approval rating continues to drop. Polls show that two-thirds of Americans blame Trump for the shutdown, compared to around 30 per cent who blame his Democratic opponents.

H/T: Huffington Post

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