Trump: My Supporters Were ‘Vicious, Violent’ During Campaign
Donald Trump announced at a rally in Florida that his supporters were violent during the Republican primaries, as well as the general election.
The Hill reports:
President-elect Donald Trump on Friday acknowledged that his backers were “vicious” and “violent” during the campaign.
“You people were vicious, violent, screaming, ‘Where’s the wall? We want the wall!’ Screaming, ‘Prison! Prison! Lock her up!’ I mean you are going crazy. I mean, you were nasty and mean and vicious and you wanted to win, right?” Trump said in Orlando, Fla., during a stop on his “thank you” tour.
“But now, you’re mellow and you’re cool and you’re not nearly as vicious or violent, right? Because we won, right?”
During the campaign, Trump downplayed violent incidents that took place at his rallies, often claiming any incidents were caused by paid protesters.
Among other incidents, a Trump supporter was charged with assault for sucker-punching a protester at a rally in March, another protester was separately sucker-punched at a different rally the same month, a man knocked down and kicked a protester last October, a photographer was bloodied after being hit by a rock in June, a Trump supporter was bloodied in a scuffle outside a rally in April, and both sides used pepper spray on each other in a clash outside a city council meeting in April.
In addition, the Trump campaign in March cancelled a rally in Chicago moments before it was set to start over safety concerns as thousands of protesters swarmed the area.
Trump frequently said during rallies that he would pay the legal fees of any supporter who was arrested for punching an anti-Trump protester.
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