One day after canceling a scheduled rally in Chicago due to violent confrontations between his supporters and protestors, Republican front runner Donald Trump said on Sunday that he may pay the legal fees of a Trump supporter who allegedly committed a physical assault by punching a protestor on his face during a rally last week in North Carolina.
Trump also blamed Bernie Sanders for instigating the protests at his Chicago rally on Saturday and claimed the Vermont Senator had made a “planned attack.”
Trump added Clinton’s name in a Sunday morning tweet but offered no evidence of their direct complicity in the protests.
It is Clinton and Sanders people who disrupted my rally in Chicago – and then they say I must talk to my people. Phony politicians!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2016
Sanders vehemently denied being involved in the Chicago protests and said the allegations were “totally untrue” on ABC This Week which aired on Sunday.
Trump accused Sanders of lying when he maintained his disruptors aren’t being commanded to go to his events and warned him to be careful or else his supporters will go to Sanders’ events.
Bernie Sanders is lying when he says his disruptors aren't told to go to my events. Be careful Bernie, or my supporters will go to yours!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2016
On Sunday night during a townhall meeting, Democratic candidates Clinton and Sanders blasted Trump and accused him of inciting violence at his rallies.
Clinton maintained that Trump was running a cynical campaign that divides Americans.
“It’s clear that Donald Trump is running a very cynical campaign, pitting groups of Americans against one another. He is trafficking in hate and fear. He is playing to our worst instincts rather than our angels of our better nature” Clinton said.
“He actually incites violence in the way that he urges his audience on, you know, talking about punching people, offering to pay legal bills” Clinton added.
According to Clinton, what Trump has done is like a case of “political arson.”
“You know, he has lit the fire, and then he throws his hands up and claims that he shouldn’t be held responsible, and he should be held responsible” Clinton said.
Bernie Sanders continued to deny that he was responsible for the Chicago protests at Trump’s rally on Saturday and called the New York billionaire a “pathological liar who incites violence.”
- I added a You Tube video where I discuss the U.S. primary elections held on Tuesday across 5 U.S. states along with some further commentary about Trump and the Saturday cancelled rally. The video cuts off a bit early at the end due to a technical issue with my camera.