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After repeatedly failing to take responsibility for violence at his rallies, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Wednesday made threats against members of his own party.
During an interview with CNN after his sweeping win on Super Tuesday, he said that violence could erupt if he finishes with the most delegates and the nomination still goes to another candidate, according to the Washington Post:
Trump said Wednesday that a contested GOP convention could be a disaster if he goes to Cleveland a few delegates shy of 1,237 — and doesn’t leave as the party’s nominee.
“I think you’d have riots,” Trump said on CNN.
Noting that he’s “representing many millions of people,” he told Chris Cuomo: “If you disenfranchise those people, and you say, ‘I’m sorry, you’re 100 votes short’…I think you’d have problems like you’ve never seen before. I think bad things would happen.”
That’s not all. Trump’s itinerant presidential campaign rallies appear to inspire violence, despite his repeated denials, claiming he does not condone it. But he has been captured on video taunting protesters and encouraging supporters to jeer at them. He even once urged supporters to “knock the crap” out of a protester who threw a tomato at him.
Now, the Huffington Post reports that more than 50 people, mostly protesters, have been charged in connection with incidents at Trump’s campaign rallies since Feb. 29:
At least 52 people were arrested or cited in connection with Trump events from Feb. 29 to March 14, according to police departments. Thirty-two of these arrests took place at a St. Louis rally on March 11.
Overall, most of the arrests and citations involved charges of non-violent disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, or interfering with a police duties — accusations generally related to protesting. At most of the 25 Trump events held during the period, at least one person was ejected, according to news reports.
Last week, a Trump supporter was arrested and charged with assault after he was captured on video attacking a protester at a rally in North Carolina, raising questions about the candidate’s role in the violence. And on Friday, he canceled a campaign rally in Chicago over security reasons, prompting supporters and protesters to clash outside the venue.
Violence begets violence and it has to stop. Should Trump face charges for threatening and inciting violence? Sound off in the comments.