President Donald Trump told the press that he would like to unite the country without a 'major event' transpiring.
“I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity,” Trump said. “Without a major event where people pull together, that’s hard to do. But I would like to do it without that major event because usually that major event is not a good thing.”
Eric Levitz of New York Magazine connected this 'major event' verbiage to comments Trump made two weeks ago about the elections that happened immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks.
In private conversations, Trump has told advisers that he doesn’t think the 2018 election has to be as bad as others are predicting. He has referenced the 2002 midterms, when George W. Bush and Republicans fared better after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, these people said.
Trump has used past terrorist attacks to motivate his base and attack his enemies.
It has long been clear that Donald Trump believes a mass-casualty terror attack on U.S. soil wouldn’t be all bad. As both a candidate and president, Trump has claimed vindication (and “appreciate[d] the congrats”) whenever Muslim terrorists perpetrated acts of mass violence in the United States or in Europe. He has also predicted that future terrorist attacks would teach critics — including the pope and “the court system” — not to doubt the wisdom of his policies.
From Trump's recent history, one can surmise that he would see opportunity in any future tragedy.