Donald Trump warned Bernie Sanders that he will send his supporters to disrupt Sanders rallies if the senator isn't "careful."
The war between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders escalated overnight, with the former reality show ringmaster threatening to send his loyal army of followers to disrupt the Vermont senator's campaign rallies if Bernie isn't "careful."
Trump blames his protester problem on an organized effort by Senator Sanders to plague Trump rallies with minority protesters so that Trump will look like a heartless racist when he has them removed. Sanders completely rejects that charge, releasing a statement yesterday calling Trump a "pathological" liar, and blaming Trump's attacks on no one but Trump himself.
"What caused the protests at Trump’s rally," read the Sanders statement "is a candidate that has promoted hatred and division against Latinos, Muslims, women, and people with disabilities, and his birther attacks against the legitimacy of President Obama."
Trump, however, has refused to take any responsibility for attracting protesters or for the violence that his supporters mete out to them. The Hill reports that at a campaign stop on Saturday, Trump insisted that his supporters at the Chicago rally "caused no problem."
"They were taunted, they were harassed by these other people," raged Trump. "By the way, some represented Bernie, our communist friend."
CNN reported that Bernie Sanders repeated at a press conference yesterday that his campaign does not ask supporters to protest at Trump rallies, but the senator seemed to admit he knows there are Bernie-backers inside.
"I don't think our supporters are inciting," Sanders told reporters. "What our supporters are doing is responding to a candidate who has, in fact, in many ways, encouraged violence."
Trump upped the war of words this morning with a Twitter threat to Senator Sanders, calling him a liar when he denies orchestrating the protests and threatening to order his loyalists to make mischief - or worse - at Sanders' events:
Bernie Sanders is lying when he says his disruptors aren't told to go to my events. Be careful Bernie, or my supporters will go to yours!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2016
The tweet will, of course, serve as a means of encouraging Trump supporters to disrupt Sanders' rallies without ever having to overtly tell them where to go and what to do. It preserves that deniability factor.
"Who me? I never told anyone to do anything."
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