Donald Trump closes out a tumultuous weekend of protests and violence at his campaign events with a rally in Boca Raton, Florida, on Sunday evening — a rally that will stream live, allowing Trump supporters, as well as opponents, to keep a close eye on the proceedings to see if demonstrators attempt to derail what is being called the “Trump Train” as it rolls into the Republican frontrunner’s own backyard.
The Sunday rally at Sunset Cove Amphitheater in West Boca Raton will take place only about 35 miles south of the lavish private country club known as Mir-A-Lago, in Palm Beach, an expansive mansion that Donald Trump owns and claims as his second home, outside of New York.
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After demonstrations against Trump turned violent in Chicago on Friday night, the real estate mogul and TV entertainer-turned-presidential candidate has come under fire for statements made to the large audiences at his campaign rallies in which he appears to be calling for, or at least condoning, violent actions against the protesters.
Trump has called for his supporters to “knock the crap out of” protesters, and complained that it is illegal to send demonstrators out of his rally “on a stretcher.” He has publicly offered to pay the legal fees incurred by Trump supporters who assault protesters at his rallies — and on Sunday said that he was considering covering the legal expenses of 78-year-old John McGraw, a Trump supporter who was recorded on video landing a unprovoked punch in the face of an African-American demonstrator at Donald Trump rally in North Carolina Wednesday.
“He obviously loves his country, and maybe he doesn’t like seeing what’s happening to the country,” Trump said on NBC’s Meet The Press Sunday morning, adding that McGraw “got carried away.”
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The rally is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 4 p.m. Pacific.
About eight Trump supporters were at the Sunset Cover Amphitheater as early as 7 a.m. local time Sunday morning.
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The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department said it had plans in place to deal with security issues at the Trump rally, but would not specify what those plans were.
“We will be out there” said sheriff’s spokesperson Teri Barbera. “I cannot discuss our security plan. It’s operational.”
Outside a Donald Trump rally in Kansas City on Saturday, police doused demonstrators with painful pepper spray, despite the fact that the protest had remained peaceful.
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Interviewed by CNN on Sunday, Donald Trump said that he refused to take responsibility for the repeated violent events at his rallies, claiming instead that the incidents were caused by supporters of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders — a charge that he repeated on his Twitter account.
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
Telling CNN interviewer Jake Tapper that he “should get credit, not be scorned” for his approach to violence at his campaign rally events, Trump added that the protesters, in his view, were “professional disruptors, thousands of them, from Sanders and to a smaller extent, Hillary (Clinton).”
Sanders was also interviewed by Tapper on Sunday, and he responded to Trump.
“I would hope that my supporters would not disrupt meetings. To protest is one thing, to disrupt is something else,” Sanders said. “Even his Republican colleagues make this point: His language, his intonation, when he talks about carrying people out in stretchers. This is a man who keeps implying violence, and then you end up getting what you seek.”
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