Seriously, Mr. President?

0D35AD3F-49C5-401A-8273-2D2D63834733In an interview with Breitbart News, the President of the United States seems to have threatened violence if Democrats don’t support him.

Claiming that his opponents are treating him unfairly, he praised the toughness and strength of his supporters and predicted that these “tough” supporters will, at some point, end their restraint.

Here is what he said:

“So here’s the thing — it’s so terrible what’s happening. You know, the left plays a tougher game, it’s very funny. I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they don’t play it tougher. Okay? I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”

I don’t know how to interpret Trump’s words to be anything but a not-so-subtle threat of violence. Things could get “tough” for Democrats — and maybe for the left in general — he suggested, if they don’t play ball with him.

Is there any other possible way to interpret what he said? Or is this just another case of Trump bluster?

Friday Fictioneers

img_2667There were rumors going around that the old building, the one with virtually no widows and thick, stone walls, was being used to house political dissidents. Some claimed to possess definite evidence that detainees were being subjected to “enhanced interrogation techniques” (e.g., waterboarding).

The military vehemently denied that there was anything untoward going on within the walls of that building, claiming that it merely served as a munitions depot. Suggestions to the contrary were labeled “fake news.” But the government declined to permit any civilians, including members of the press, access to the building.

Until the day the revolution began.

(99 words)

Written for Friday Fictioneers from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Time To Move Again

4FB15407-DE65-41DF-A9FB-596914642C70“We don’t take vacations, we relocate,” Dwight quipped. “We’re the quintessential nomadic family, aren’t we, babe?”

“It’s been tough on the kids, though,” said Maggie, “having to leave their friends, change schools, and get settled into new places.”

“Why do you move so often?” Steve asked Dwight. “You’re not in the military, are you?”

“No,” Dwight said. “I’m just seeking fame and fortune. And I’m easily bored,” he chuckled. “To be honest, I’ve found that switching jobs enables me to bump up my salary faster and higher than staying put and relying on puny annual raises.”

“But it is tough on the kids,” Maggie reiterated, “and on me, as well.”

“Look at all the places we’ve been able to visit, though, honey,” Dwight said to his wife.

“That’s what vacations are for,” she answered.

“Vacations?” Dwight said mockingly. “You can’t really get to know a place on a vacation. You can’t immerse yourself, learn what the place and the people are all about during a one week vacation. Am I right, Steve?”

Steve shrugged. “Don’t ask me. Becky and I were both born and raised in this town and we’ve lived in the same house since we got married nearly twenty years ago.”

“How lucky for you and Becky, Steve,” Maggie said. Then looking back at Dwight, she added, “And as soon as we’ve been in a place long enough to even begin to immerse ourselves and for the kids and me to make new friends, you tell us you’ve found a new job in some other city and we have to pick up and relocate yet again.”

“Speaking about that, sweetie, how do you feel about Chicago?” Dwight asked Maggie, who then stood up and ran crying out of the room.”

“Okay, I’m outta here,” Steve said. “Good luck in Chicago, Dwight.”

Written for today’s one word prompt, “relocate.”