The 2016 election has, at times, resembled more of WWE wrestling match rather than a presidential campaign. After repeated instances of violence on the campaign trail, Republican front runner Donald Trump is asking an unlikely source to help stop the mayhem.
Prior to a rally in Chicago on Friday night, protesters stormed the event and clashed with die-hard supporters of the billionaire real estate mogul. Multiple fist fights broke out around the arena, prompting the campaign to meet with local law enforcement, ending in the rally being cancelled. While addressing a crowd of supporters in Dayton, Ohio Saturday afternoon, Trump deflected blame away from his campaign, as reported by The Hill on March 12.
“They were taunted, they were harassed by these other people,” Trump said of his supporters in Chicago, claiming “some represented Bernie, our communist friend.” Trump said his supported “caused no problem,” putting the blame at the feet of the protesters who infiltrated the event. Continuing, the former host of “The Apprentice” called on Bernie Sanders to stop protesters from attending his campaign rallies.
“Bernie, he should really get up and say to his people, ‘stop, stop.’ Not me.”
“We cannot let our First Amendment rights be taken away from us folks,” Trump said, praising his supporters, saying “My people are nice, folks. My people are great.” Despite the negative criticism, Trump is still the Republican front runner and the favorite to become the party’s nominee at the Republican National Convention this summer.