Bernie Sanders is reacting to protesters showing up at Donald Trump rallies who are his own supporters. The GOP presidential front-runner was forced to cancel a rally appearance in Chicago Friday night due to dangerous demonstrations being held.
According to the New York Times, Sanders disputes claims that protesters in support of him were instigating violence at the Trump rallies.
“What our supporters are doing is responding to a candidate who has in fact, in many ways, encouraged violence,” Bernie said. “When he talks about, you know, ‘I wish we were in the old days when you could punch somebody in the head,’ what do you think that says to his supporters?”
The Democratic presidential candidate urges Donald Trump to communicate clearly to his supporters that violence at rallies is unacceptable on every level.
“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,” Sanders said.
Trump meanwhile, has linked protesters to Sanders. While on stage in Ohio and Kansas City on Saturday, he cited campaign signs demonstrators would hold up during the rallies. The demonstrators would disrupt Trump’s speeches, but the Republican candidate would simply tell security to “get them out.”
— KTLA (@KTLA) March 13, 2016
Trump summed up violent protesters as “thugs” and supporters of Bernie Sanders.
“It’s all a little group that wants free lunch,” Trump says.
In spite of this rough terrain on the campaign trail, Donald Trump, mocks the protests … stating that he loves the protesters for “energizing” the country.
“They’ll do anything for a shot,” Trump said. “That’s why I love the protesters. The only way we find out how many people are in these places is through the protesters.”
Trump blames Clinton and Sanders supporters for disrupting Chicago rally: https://t.co/5lKlG0QkNp
— ABC News (@ABC) March 12, 2016
There’s a long way to go until the nation votes for the next President of the United States. Bernie Sanders is behind Hillary Clinton in the Democratic race, but he’s not going anywhere. Donald Trump will continue making appearances that bring contentious moments from crowds. Will supporters of Bernie Sanders get more aggressive at Donald Trump rallies before it’s all said and done?