‘It was totally the other side’: Trump tells Fox News that ‘my rallies have been very peaceful’
President Donald Trump on Wednesday tried to rewrite the history of his campaign rallies, during a late night interview with Fox News.
Trump has recently lashed out at Democrats for “incivility” — with more anger than was seen when the alt-right murdered Heather Heyer during their 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Fox News personality Shannon Bream noted the increasing public shunning of conservatives.
“When you press people on that, they will say you started this by encouraging people to rough up protesters and by going after people with nicknames and all kinds of things,” Bream said. “How do you respond?”
“I don’t think so,” Trump responded, despite having asked his supporters to rough up protesters during the 2016 presidential campaign
“My rallies have been very peaceful,” Trump claimed. “And even at the beginning, when there seemed to be conflict, they sent paid people to disrupt our rallies.”
“When you do that, you know, bad things happen,” he warned.
“They were the ones that started everything,” he claimed. “No, it wasn’t us. It was totally the other side.”
Trump has approved of violence against those who disagree with him 28 times.