President Donald Trump has said that should the Democrats win in November, "the whole country will be Minneapolis."
The president made the comments in a video interview with his son, Donald Trump Jr., that was broadcast on Thursday evening.
He made the comment about the country turning into Minneapolis in the event of a Joe Biden win in reference to the recent spate of civil unrest in the wake of George Floyd's killing, and not the city's No. 1-ranked parks system.
"I feel that if the Democrats get in, we are literally going to end up in a recession/depression the likes of which you've never seen," he said.
"There will be tremendous negative growth, there will be tremendous bedlam all over the place, there won't be law and order. You'll have a Seattle. You'll have a Minneapolis like you've never seen before. The whole country will be Minneapolis. And we saved it by me forcing and sending the troops in."
The U.S. is currently in a recession, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, which says it's experiencing the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression of the 1920s, following the outbreak of the coronavirus in February.
The NBER announced this week that U.S. GDP fell 5 percent in the first quarter and is likely to post the worst decline in history for the second quarter, per NBC News.
President Trump also did not send the troops in to save Minneapolis. Gov. Tim Walz called in the Minnesota National Guard at the request of Mayors Jacob Frey and Melvin Carter after the initial protests were followed by rioting.
Walz then took over the response to the unrest from the mayors after widespread damage was inflicted in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The first night under Walz's leadership, the Friday after Floyd's death, didn't go much better, with multiple buildings burned, but from then on the situation improved, with a strictly-enforced curfew reducing the number of people on the streets, eventually allowing for peaceful protests to resume.
Trump has previously called Minnesota a "laughingstock" for its initial response to the unrest, saving his strongest criticism for Mayor Frey for the 3rd Police Precinct being overrun, but said he didn't blame Gov. Walz and praised how the Minnesota National Guard "dominated."
The latest national polls show Biden with a significant lead over Trump, with several in the double digits. However, polls in 2016 showed Hillary Clinton leading – albeit by a smaller margin – up until Election Day.