Brouhaha Swirls Around Trump's Rally Violence

Candidate says he bears no responsibility as rivals pounce
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2016 1:00 PM CDT
Brouhaha Swirls Around Trump's Rally Violence
Donald Trump rubs the shoulders of Alex Stypik, as Stypik shows off his T-shirt during a rally Sunday, March 13, 2016, in Bloomington, Ill.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Donald Trump and his raucous campaign rallies took center stage on the talk shows Sunday, with the candidate himself saying repeatedly that he "doesn't condone violence," reports NPR, while saying that he bears no responsibility for recent violence and offering up the fact that he might foot the legal bills of the man who punched a Trump protester at a rally. "I've actually instructed my people to look into it," Trump told NBC News. He said that tempers were flaring because people are "sick and tired of this country being run by incompetent people that don't know what they're doing on trade deals, where our jobs are being ripped out of our countries." Further, per the Hill, "Nobody cares too much about the Hillary rallies because there’s no fervor there." Elsewhere on your Sunday dial:

  • John Kasich bashed Trump, telling CBS News that "he's got to begin to lift people and stop dividing people and the toxic environment must end. This is not making us proud. Think of the videos that have been shown all over the world of people slugging it out at a campaign rally."
  • Cue Ted Cruz, who told Meet the Press that "at the end of the day in any campaign, responsibility starts at the top," reports the Hill. "And it is not beneficial when you have a presidential candidate like Donald Trump telling his supporters, 'Punch that guy in the face.'"
  • And Marco Rubio, also per the Hill, who says that "all the gates of civility have been blown apart" by Trump. "Do we really want to live in a country where everybody hates each other and is at everybody’s throats? That’s what it feels like. We’re heading in a very dangerous direction."
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