Donald Trump minimizes the violence of his most fervent followers: "I heard about it, I don't like it," he pinky-swears

The Donald insists that there are more "bad dudes" protesting him than beating on the people protesting

By Scott Eric Kaufman
Published March 11, 2016 8:51AM (UTC)
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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (REUTERS/Joe Skipper)

In Thursday evening's Republican debate, GOP front-runner Donald Trump insisted that the majority of the people at his rallies who are violent are those protesting his candidacy, as opposed to those supporting it.

Of course, there hasn't been much video evidence of people protesting his candidacy who are violent, whereas evidence of people who support him turning violent on those who protest his events abounds.


When asked about it, Trump said that "I heard about it, I don't like it," and professed when asked whether he's encouraged said violence, replied "I hope not, I truly hope not."

Trump added that he doesn't "condone that [violence] at all," but immediately began discussing the "bad dudes," who "have done some bad things" at his events -- even though there's no evidence of any dudes, bad or otherwise, who have systemically engaged in violent behavior against Trump supporters.

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Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at

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