Donald Trump addressed Friday’s violent Chicago rally during a campaign event in Dayton, Ohio, shifting much of the blame for the violence to Bernie Sanders’ supporters, who “taunted” and “harassed” Trump supporters.
“So what happened yesterday was incredible,” Trump said Saturday. “It was determined that if we go in, it could cause really bad, bad vibes, and you have to understand they want me to tell my people, ‘Please, be nice, be nice.’ My people are nice! The people that came there were so nice.”
Those “thousands and thousands” of his supporters, he said, “caused no problem.”
“They were taunted, they were harassed by these other people. These other people, by the way, some represented Bernie, our communist friend,” Trump said. “With Bernie, he should really get up and say to his people: stop. Stop. Not me, stop. They said Mr. Trump should get up, this morning, and tell his people to be nice. My people are nice folks — they are. They’re great, they’re great, my people are great.”
At his Saturday rally, the front-runner also named other progressive groups in his tirade about the previous night’s violence, including advocates from MoveOn.org.
“What they’ve done really on the other side — it was MoveOn.org or other groups — these are bad groups, bad groups. These are bad people. Let me tell you,” Trump said. “These are people who really don’t want to see our country be great again, let me tell you.”
In spite of the public confessions by his supporters, Bernie Sanders tried to claim that his supporters were not to blame for the unrest that led to the cancellation of a Donald Trump rally, instead falsely accused the Republican front-runner of encouraging violence.
Trump, in a statement to the Washington Star-News, said that “If we want to stop Bernie Sanders’ protesters from showing up at my rallies, all we have to do is start calling them ‘job fairs’.”