Trump says he won’t pay sucker-puncher’s legal fees; denies he ever said he would

Donald Trump denied saying he would pay the legal fees for the 78-year-old supporter who apparently sucker-punched a protester at a North Carolina campaign event last week.

“I haven’t looked at it yet,” the Republican presidential front-runner told host George Stephanopoulos during his telephone interview Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America. “I don’t condone violence; maybe that’s why I wouldn’t do it,” he added.

“Nobody has asked me for fees and I haven’t even seen it, so I never said I would,” Trump said. “I never said I was going to pay for fees.”

Trump told NBC News’ Chuck Todd Sunday on “Meet the Press” that he would consider paying the man’s legal fees.

Todd brought the issue up because of something Trump had told supporters during another rally last month.

“So if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously,” he told an Iowa crowd on the day before that state’s caucus. “I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise. I promise.”

Stephanopoulos also asked Trump if he’d be toning down his rhetoric at campaign rallies given recent events.

“Well, I don’t think I should be toning it down,” the real estate mogul told Stephanopoulos, “We have had very little difficulty.”

Watch the exchange via CBS News Politics.


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