UPDATED – County Investigators May Be Considering Filing a Charge Against Trump Related to Incident Last Week
Cumberland County, North Carolina prosecutors may be considering filing a charge of inciting a riot against GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, in relation to an incident last week where one man sucker punched another man who was being escorted out of a Trump rally by police.
"Cumberland County Sheriff's Office investigators said Monday that they are considering filing a charge of inciting a riot against Trump," WRAL reported today.
The Daily Beast had reported that as false.
"The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says that reports suggesting their investigators are considering filing a charge of inciting a riot against Donald Trump are untrue."
"We would have made the charges by now" if that were the case, a sheriff's spokesman said.
However, a later report from the Washington Post says the "sheriff’s office is investigating whether Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s actions at a Fayetteville, N.C., rally last week 'rose to the level of inciting a riot,' according to a statement from the department’s lawyer."
“We are continuing to look at the totality of these circumstances...including the potential of whether there was conduct on the part of Mr. Trump or the Trump campaign which rose to the level of inciting a riot,” said the statement from Cumberland Sheriff’s Office attorney Ronnie Mitchell. An associate in Mitchell’s office read the statement aloud to a Washington Post reporter.
Trump repeatedly has falsely stated his rallies are not violent, and even made the same ludicrous claim today while speaking to a crowd while campaigning with NJ Gov. Chris Christie.
Speaking today with Gov. Christie, Trump called his rallies, "lovefests," as Bloomberg reports.
"No violence," Trump said. "You know how many people have been hurt at our rallies? I think like basically none."
Google searches of "Trump rally punched," and "Trump rally kicked" and "Trump rally violence" produce many results, including the incident in North Carolina last week.
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