I doubt he would have said it if he didn't know 100% dead-to-rights that he wouldn't have to put his money where his mouth is.
I think you also need to consider that fascists don't want your facts, they want that outrage and in-group unity injected directly into their veins. "I am with the mob" is exactly what you say when saying anything else will cause you blowback. So is "not my mob." It isn't about having a coherent policy, it's about weather-vaning.