President Donald Trump defended his aggressive style on Thursday in Pennsylvania, noting that he had to fight back against his political enemies.
Trump commented during his Fox News town hall on Thursday night in Scranton, Pennsylvania after a businessman asked him about his combative style.
"When they hit us, we have to hit back," Trump replied. "I feel that."
Trump acknowledged that he could either "turn the other cheek" or fight back.
"I wouldn't be sitting here if I turned my cheek," he said.
Trump said he was constantly under attack from his political opponents and admitted that he would not be president if he was not as combative.
"You can't turn your cheek," he said as the crowd applauded. "We get hit so hard."
The president said the establishment media also deserved his criticism.
"We have a media that is, you know, I say to a large extent it's a part of the Democrat party," Trump said. "It really is. It's terrible, it's unfair. I call it fake news, I've used that, and people are using it all over the world right now and that's the way it is."
He said that he appreciated the question, but said that he was required to fight against his critics.
"If we don't fight back, you won't be a fan of mine very long," he said.
Trump also stated that 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) "would be tougher" to face in the general election, but that "I don't think I'm running against Bernie."
Trump said, "I think, in a certain way, Bernie would be tougher. Because he's got a base. It's a much smaller base than my base. ... I was all set for Bernie. I was ready to go, then I say, you know, I don't think I'm running against Bernie. I think it's going to be very hard for him to come back."