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Donald Trump took to a familiar platform to not only express his dissatisfaction with how some of his supporters were treated when leaving a campaign rally in San Jose, Calif., but to warn the anti-Trump thugs that they’re lucky the crowd didn’t turn on them.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee commented on Twitter that some of the violent ant-Trump protesters were illegal immigrants who burned the American flag. He also complained that the mayor of San Jose — a sanctuary city — “did a terrible job” of protecting those who attended his rally.
But Trump’s message to those perpetrating the violence took on an apocalyptic tone: “The thugs were lucky supporters remained peaceful!”
Amid the violence that ensued, one supporter was chased down and beaten by a mob — the person who took responsibility for tackling the white Trump supporter is a self-professed Muslim.
All of which prompted NRA News’ Cameron Gray to rightfully say, “No supporter of any candidate should have to run for their lives from protesters.”
No supporter of any candidate should have to run for their lives from protesters
Answer for this, Hillary & Bernie pic.twitter.com/FVKtOtjwAn
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) June 3, 2016
As for San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, an avid Hillary Clinton supporter, he blamed the violence on Trump.
“At some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign,” Liccardo told the Associated Press afterwards. “It is regrettable that this has become a pattern for cities hosting Mr. Trump across the nation.”
And while Clinton at least condemned the violence, she managed to do so while blaming Trump.
“I condemn all violence in our political arena,” Clinton told CNN. “I condemned it when Donald Trump was inciting it and congratulating people who were engaging in it. I condemn it by those who are taking violent protests to physical assault against Donald Trump. This has to end.”
She added that the violent anti-Trump protesters are simply “responding” to an environment Trump created.
“He created an environment in which it seemed to be acceptable for someone running for president to be inciting violence, to be encouraging his supporters,” Clinton said. “Now, we’re seeing people who are against him responding in kind.”
And it’s only June, folks… five months to go.
H/T IJ Review
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