President Trump has justified the killing of an antifa protestor in Portland who shot dead a far-right Patriot Prayer supporter, describing it as 'retribution'.
Speaking on Fox News on Saturday night to Judge Jeanine Pirro, the president explained how he sent in U.S. Marshals to specifically target antifa supporter 48-year-old Michael Reinoehl.
His killing came days after Reinoehl had fatally shot Aaron 'Jay' Danielson, 39, on August 29, when Trump supporters ended up clashing with Black Lives Matter supporters in Portland.
President Trump said the killing of Antifa supporter Michael Reinoehl in Portland, Oregon earlier this month was 'retribution'
Medics attend to Danielson after he was shot in downtown Portland last month on August 29th
Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, was shot multiple times and killed by US Marshals outside an apartment block in Washington state on September 3
Danielson was a member of Patriot Prayer, a group which has organized rallies in support of Donald Trump and far-right protests in predominantly liberal areas, which have been met with large numbers of counter-protesters.
Last week, police officers investigating Danielson's death ended up fatally shooting Reinoehl after finding him in Lacey, Washington, south of Seattle.
Portland police had secured a second-degree murder warrant for Reinoehl in connection with Daniel's death according to Fox News.
Reinoehl was shot multiple times and killed by US Marshals outside an apartment block in Washington state.
The officers swooped in on the self-proclaimed anti-fascist to arrest him after he was charged with the murder of right-wing activist Danielson.
Reinoehl (left). Aaron 'Jay' Danielson, right, who Reinoehl is said to have murdered
'We sent in the U.S. Marshals for the killer [Reinoehl] who shot the young man [Danielson] on the street. Cold blooded killed him. He didn't like his hat or something,' the president explained.
'It wasn't a Trump hat. It was a religious hat. And he shot him cold blood. Two-and-a-half days went by and I put out when are you going to go get him? The U.S. Marshals went in to get him and they ended in a gunfight,' Trump revealed.
'This guy was a violent criminal and the U.S. Marshals killed him. That's the way it has to be. There has to be retribution when you have crime like this. There can't be guys standing up that wanna fight. You can't throw bricks at people with shields.'
Self-declared anti-fascist activist Michael Reinoehl, who was shot and killed by police in Washington State on September 3, 2020, takes part in protests against police violence and racial inequality in Portland, Oregon, U.S. in this photo taken July 18, 2020
At least four officers, including two Pierce County Sheriff's deputies, a Lakewood police officer and a state Department of Corrections officer, fired multiple rounds at the suspect during the incident.
Reinoehl appeared to confess to Danielson's death in a video interview with Vice News just hours before his own death.
In the video, Reinoehl said he had acted in self-defense and said his actions were 'totally justified'.
'I had no choice. I mean, I, I had a choice. I could have sat there and watched them kill a friend of mine of color. But I wasn't going to do that,' he said.
Reinoehl appeared to confess to Danielson's death in a video interview with Vice News just hours before his own death
In a wide-ranging interview on Fox News the president discussed the upcoming election and vowed to crush any 'riots' that occur among opposition should he be declared the winner on election night. The president said he would 'put it down within minutes.'
'Let's say there are threats. They say that they are going to threaten riots if they lose on election night, assuming we get a winner on election night. What are you going to do?' the host asked him.
'We'll put them down very quickly if they do that. We have the right to do that. We have the power to do that if we want,' Trump responded.
'Look, it's called insurrection. We just send in, and 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,' Trump explained.
Trump has repeatedly gone after 'rioters' and 'looters' who he said are rival Joe Biden supporters.
Trump's use of the term 'insurrection' recalls his administration's threat to use the Insurrection Act to use military forces put down