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Carson Blames Liberal Protesters for Trump Rally Violence; Their Tactics Could Cause ‘Escalation’

Ben Carson appeared on Today this morning, where he said that continued protests against Donald Trump could very well cause further increases in the recent violence at his events.

Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie asked Carson about how he could support the mogul after their intense political rivalry, and with Trump’s brash temperament so different from his own. Carson was grilled in particular on whether Trump needs to take responsibility and do something to address the increasing levels of violence and contentiousness surrounding his campaign.

While Carson admitted he would’ve done things differently, he seemed to blame the protestors for the violence by saying that their methods resembled those of liberal activist Saul Alinsky, and that Trump’s supporters weren’t left with much choice in how to respond.

“I think certainly if the protesters continue with their Alinskyite tactics there is a real possibility of escalation,” Carson said. “Those who are the victims of them have two choices. They can submit to them and just meekly do whatever those protesters want them to do, or they can fight back.”

Carson was grilled further on whether Trump has fanned the flames, but he diverted and said that the more important thing was in holding a discussion on free speech for both sides of the aisle.

Watch above, via NBC.

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