At his rally tonight in Kansas City, Donald Trump said he was going to start pressing charges against protesters who disrupt his rallies.
“I hope they get put into, I hope these guys get thrown into jail. They’ll never do it again. It’ll destroy their record. They’ll have to explain to mom and dad why they have a police record, and why they can’t get a job. And you know what? I’m going to start pressing charges against these people. And then we won’t have a problem.
“And I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to ruin somebody’s life. They’re probably good kids, you know. They’re probably good kids. I don’t what to ruin people’s lives. But the only way we’re going to stop this craziness is if we press charges. Because then their lives are going to be ruined. They’re going to know their lives are going to be ruined. So I’ll just tell you folks from now on, if you do anything, we’re pressing charges, okay?”
Last night on CNN, Trump presented a different tone, suggesting a degree of understanding and saying that people on both sides are angry and are experiencing job losses and other economic problems. That was a very, very brief change of tone.
Before the events last night, and throughout the day today, Trump has typically taken a harsh tone with disruptions. He has encouraged his supporters to become violent, telling them to attack the protesters and that, if they did, he would pay the legal fees for their defense.
Several protesters have, in fact, been attacked at Trump’s events to date.
This morning, RedState reported statements from both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, in which they indicated blame on both sides of these confrontations. Rubio in particular noted that some of the protesters in Chicago on Friday night were likely paid to be there.