Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Friday defended his supporters’ use of violence against protesters at his campaign rallies, arguing they should respond if anti-Trump protesters start a fight.
Mr. Trump cited an incident at a Nevada rally last month where he said a protester lashed out violently at security guards.
“He was swinging, he was hitting people, and the audience hit back. That’s what we need a little bit more of,” Mr. Trump added.
His comments come one day after a man was charged with assault after sucker punching a protester at a Trump rally in North Carolina on Wednesday.
Earlier this month, video footage of several Trump supporters, including some alleged white supremacists, assaulting a Black Lives Matter protester at a Trump rally in Louisville, Kentucky, went viral.
This is not the first time Mr. Trump has seemingly given his supporters permission to use violence to quell protests at his rallies.
Mr. Trump said he does not condone violence at his campaign events, but said his supporters are fueled by anger over what’s going on in the country.
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