Donald Trump on Sunday morning went after potential general election rival Bernie Sanders by calling him a liar and indicated he might soon instruct his own supporters to attend Sanders’ rallies in order to foment disruption and discord among his progressive (aka “super-liberal”) base.
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In a tweet, Trump declared:
The social media salvo followed a chaotic cancellation of Trump rally in Chicago that turned violent on Friday and images of protesters being pepper-sprayed by police outside a rally in Kansas City on Saturday night. With waves of criticisms against Trump reverberating over the weekend for the role he’s played in ginning up tensions, any expectations or hopes that the Republican presidential candidate would make efforts to tamp down the palpable tensions were dashed rather immediately.
“My people have said we oughtta go to his rallies, when liberals and super-liberals, I don’t even call ‘em liberals… These people are bad people that are looking to do harm to our country.” —Donald Trump
In fact, the near opposite happened as Trump refused to accept any responsibility for the acrimony, defending the behavior of his supporters, and projecting blame on others by accusing the Sanders of “organizing” the protests.
At a rally in Cleveland on Saturday, Trump charged that Friday’s protests in Chicago were directed by the Sanders’ campaign, an assertion the Sanders’ camp immediately denied and which no evidence exists to support.
“As is the case virtually every day, Donald Trump is showing the American people that he is a pathological liar,” Sanders said in a statement on Saturday. Though it was clear that many protesters in Chicago were, in fact, vocal Sanders’ supporters, far more appeared only unified by their opposition to Trump’s political message and campaign rhetoric.
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