Donald Trump has been campaigning all over the United States leading up to the Tuesday primaries and now protesters, whom he calls "professional disrupters," are becoming a normal fixture at the Republican frontrunner's rallies.
Trump protesters have instigated violence at an increasing number of the his recent rallies, but the business mogul has been steadfast in denouncing the violent outbursts. However, he defended supporters who were charged with assaulting rally disrupters, even going as far as offering to cover their legal fees.
That time @realdonaldtrump said he'd pay the legal fees if his fans beat up people at a rally https://t.co/n26GZGfDDDAt a recent rally in Bloomington, Illinois, the presidential candidate stated that his team was not responsible for provoking the violence, as they only wanted the event to go smoothly. After a protester caused a disturbance during the rally, Trump told the crowd that they should not worry as he does not hear the voices of his detractors. Around 2,000 protesters gathered outside the venue where the rally was being held.
— Independent Journal (@INJO) March 11, 2016
Last Friday, a group of students kept Donald Trump from pursuing his planned rally in Chicago. They also said that they were supporting Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. During a rally in Cleveland, Trump even accused his opponent Bernie Sanders of staging the protests, exclaiming "get your people in line, Bernie." Sanders commented on the statements during a town hall debate at Ohio State University, and called Donald Trump a pathological liar and accused him of being the one inciting violence.
Donald Trump: If Bernie Sanders says protesters aren't from him, "he's lying" https://t.co/7eshI3SCbQ #CNNSOTU https://t.co/O4zn9u51zQA day after the failed rally in Chicago, a Trump protester rushed on stage at his rally outside Dayton, Ohio. These repeated disturbances have made Trump unable to deliver a speech without being interrupted. A heavy security presence has also been evident at his most recent rallies compared to the ones in the past. Meanwhile, violent clashes between his supporters and protesters at various campaign events continues to grow.
— CNN (@CNN) March 13, 2016
Thousands of protesters force postponement of Donald Trump rally in Chicago https://t.co/m6ZPZr4OfL pic.twitter.com/fTeCEjSfj9During his rally in Kansas City, Missouri, yet another group of protesters interrupted him all throughout his speech. Though he did not instruct anyone to use violence against the protesters, he warned that he would press charges against people causing disturbances.
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) March 12, 2016
Trump would like to punch protesters in the face—and one supporter took him up on it https://t.co/Zoreccz6Em pic.twitter.com/i9izyd8FYvBy far, Donald Trump's rallies have attracted the most number of protesters. On the other hand, none of Trump's supporters have showed up in the rallies of Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton. However, Bernie Sanders has had to deal with rally disruptions from Black Lives Matters members a few times.
— Quartz (@qz) March 10, 2016
Donald Trump has also been met with criticism by his fellow political rivals. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have been commenting on the violence during the rallies of their opponent. Rubio recently said that he may not be able to support Donald Trump if he wins as the Republican nomination, citing that the frontrunner encourages and condones violence, and pointed out that doing so is setting a bad example.
.@TedCruz: When you have a campaign that encourages violence, you create a bad environment https://t.co/lvNznz05R3 https://t.co/Q8ufoboPD6Ted Cruz, however, said that he will support Donald Trump if he wins, but he still thinks his rival is encouraging "nasty violence" and should be blamed for the recent violent protests in Chicago.
— CBSN (@CBSNLive) March 12, 2016
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton also recently called Trump "incredibly bigoted" and accused him of pitting Americans against each other. In an interview with CNN, Clinton said that Trump is trafficking hate and fear and is playing to the people's "worst instincts."
Clinton And Sanders Condemn Rally Violence
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney also begged voters to choose Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, or John Kasich, but not Donald Trump. Romney also recently campaigned with John Kasich in Ohio.
Despite much opposition against Donald Trump, Sarah Palin has stood by the business mogul. She called the Trump protest "punk-a**, little thuggery" while campaigning in Tampa on Monday. She added that they do not have time for these protesters who have nothing to do but waste their time. She also claimed that the media is on the side of the "thugs."
Sarah Palin's description of the protesters at Trump rallies? "Punk-ass, little thuggery." https://t.co/7SgnsGGHkQ https://t.co/ToINn2kza2The primaries in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio are set this Tuesday.
— New Day (@NewDay) March 15, 2016
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