Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has rewritten every rule in electoral politics this cycle, so why not simply rewrite reality? In one of Trump’s more stunning displays of gumption-encrusted chutzpah, Trump now claims that he never offered to pay the legal fees of supporters who roughed up protesters at his rallies.
On Tuesday morning, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos asked Trump if he’s still considering paying the legal fees of the man who was arrested for cold-cocking a protester at a Trump rally last week, and here’s what Trump told him:
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Stephanopoulos: You said you’re a peace-loving person but you’re still open to paying the legal fees of your supporter who cold-cocked a protester in North Carolina last week. By doing that wouldn’t you be supporting violence?
Trump: I don’t condone violence. I didn’t say I would pay for his fees.
Stephanopoulos: So you’re not going to.
Trump: Nobody has asked me for fees and I haven’t even seen it so I never said I was going to pay for fees.
Stephanopoulos: You said you were looking into it. If you’re open to that, wouldn’t, by paying those fees, wouldn’t that be rewarding violence?
Trump: Well, maybe so and maybe that’s why I wouldn’t do it. I don’t condone violence at all and, you know, I looked and I watched and I’m going to make a decision but I certainly don’t condone violence and maybe you’re right and maybe that’s why I wouldn’t do it.
In case you missed it, here’s just one of the multiple times Trump offered, on live television, to pay the legal fees of any supporter who got into an altercation with protesters. This is like Tony the Tiger saying he’s always viewd Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes as “Meh.”
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