Donald Trump said he is “looking into” paying the legal fees of a man who was arrested for sucker-punching a Trump-hater at a rally last week.
The GOP presidential front-runner took to NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday to discuss the overwhelming violence his campaigns incite and argued he did not condone while implying he actually did.
Trump started his dialogue on Sunday by stating, “I don’t accept responsibility.”
The foul-mouthed candidate referred to an incident in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where John McGraw, a 78-year-old Trump supporter was charged with assault after multiple footages emerged showing him punching a 26-year-old black protester.
“The man got carried away, he was 78 years old, he obviously loves this country and maybe he doesn’t like seeing what’s happening to the country,” Trump said in defense of the assailant. “I want to see the whole tape ... I’m going to look at it. I want to see what was behind it, because this was a strange event ... I’ve actually instructed my people to look into it [paying his legal fees].”
He might have more legal fees to pay than just assault. McGraw turned around on national television and threatened to kill the man he just sucker punched.
"We don’t know who he is, but we know he’s not acting like an American," McGraw said. "The next time we see him, we might have to kill him."
Trump has previously promised his violent supporters at a Washington rally that he would be happy to pay their legal fees if they “knock the hell out of” protesters.
His critics have pointed out that Trump’s rhetoric is contributing toward increased violence at his campaign and this comment further proves that the real estate mogul actually condones and even encourages violence.
Trump should tone down his rhetoric and condemn the violence of some of his supporters. pic.twitter.com/HfYL3hoMqk— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 13, 2016
Trump said that he wanted to see more details about the incident, citing he saw the young man give McGraw the middle finger, which incited McGraw to punch him.
"But from what I heard, there was a lot of taunting and a certain finger was placed in the air. Not nice. Again, I don't condone the violence. I don't condone what he did. But you know what, not nice for the other side, either."