Trump Condemns Assault in His Name After Criticism

'I would never condone violence'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2015 2:26 PM CDT
Donald Trump says the assault in Boston is "terrible."   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – Donald Trump is taking another crack at responding to an assault in Boston reportedly committed in his name, this time with a little more feeling: "Boston incident is terrible," he tweets. "We need energy and passion, but we must treat each other with respect. I would never condone violence." The comments follow an assault in which two brothers allegedly beat a homeless Hispanic man and later invoked Trump's negative comments about immigrants, notes the Boston Herald.

Initially, Trump called the assault a "shame" but quickly added that his followers were passionate, and critics accused of him of downplaying the violence. Or as Time puts it, he "flubbed" his first attempt. The 58-year-old victim is a citizen of Mexico, reports NECN. He was recuperating from a broken nose and other injuries. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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