At the Democratic Town Hall, aired on CNN Sunday night, Jake Tapper made the first question about — who else? — Donald Trump, challenging Sen. Bernie Sanders to respond to the mogul’s accusations that Sanders’ fans were responsible for disrupting his events.
Sanders responded unequivocally: “Donald Trump is a pathological liar,” drawing enormous applause. He proceeded to blast the GOP frontrunner for his role inciting violence.
Our campaign does not believe in and never will encourage anybody to disrupt anything. We have millions of supporters, and people do what they do, and people have the right to protest. I happen not to believe that people should disrupt anybody’s meetings, but let me say something about Mr. Trump. Some of you may have read just a few hours ago that Mr. Trump said that he is prepared to pay for the legal costs of an individual who sucker-punched somebody at a recent event. He is going to pay the legal fees of somebody who committed a terrible act of violence. What that means is that Donald Trump is literally inciting violence with his supporters. He is saying if you go out to beat somebody up, that is okay, I’ll pay the legal fees. That is an outrage and I would hope that Mr. Trump tones it down big time and tells his supporters that violence is not acceptable in the American political process.
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