Republican front-runner Donald Trump blamed Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for the violent protests that shut down his Chicago rally, calling the Vermont senator “our communist friend.”
After Donald’s rally was cancelled, he went on TV and blamed “fervent” Sanders supporters for the violence that broke out, according to Reuters.
“All of a sudden a planned attack just came out of nowhere.”
Sanders responded to Trump’s accusation Saturday morning by calling for an end to Donald’s campaign of hate, reported The Guardian.
“What the Trump campaign has been about is insulting Mexicans in a very crude way, it’s been about insulting African Americans. What do you think that says to his supporters?”
The Trump rally was scheduled at the University of Illinois at the Chicago Pavilion, but violence between opposing groups of protesters, both inside and outside of the arena, forced the event’s cancellation.
The violence came after a series of similar events at Trump rallies as protesters, reporters and photographers were pushed, shoved, tackled and even assaulted.
On Wednesday, a 78-year-old Trump supporter sucker punched a protester being escorted out and then went on TV to condemn the 26-year-old he just assaulted as a terrorist.
“The next time we see him, we might have to kill him. We don’t know who he is. He might be with a terrorist organization.”
It’s this kind of behavior from Trump supporters that caused Sanders to call Donald the head of a “vicious movement.” He condemned Trump’s comments that he wanted to punch a protester and his promise to pay the legal fees of any supporters who would attack another detractor, according to The Guardian.
“The issue now is that Donald Trump has got to be loud and clear and tell his supporters that violence at rallies is not what America is about, and to end it.”
The Vermont senator wasn’t the only one to jump on the anti-Trump bandwagon after the Chicago violence.
Donald’s rivals attacked the Republican front-runner as ultimately responsible for the actions of his supporters because of the nature of his hate-fueled campaign. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich all issued statements condemning Trump for the actions of his supporters and the nature of his political campaign.
Trump responded by calling his supporters “nice,” saying his followers were behaving themselves until they were harassed by protesters and his fans only responded after being attacked, reported Reuters.
“Now really Bernie should tell his people…he should really get up and say to his people ‘stop, stop.'”
Trump rallies, also scheduled for Saturday, often draw groups of protesters, but Friday night was the first time there were as many demonstrators as followers of the Republican front runner.
Trump’s campaign has focused on building a wall with Mexico and barring Muslims from entering the country; the tone of his presidential campaign has infuriated those on the left while galvanizing a group of hard core conservatives.
Trump is leading his rivals in Ohio and Florida, both of which host winner take all primaries compared to earlier elections where delegates were awarded to all candidates based on the number of votes they drew.
As the primary season moves into the winner take all section, Trump is poised to blast his way to a Republican nomination, which his rivals claim would decimate the party.
What do you think? Who’s to blame for the violence at Donald Trump’s Chicago rally?
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