The Donald Trump campaign for the presidency has come under fire by many with accusations that the reality TV actor and current GOP frontrunner has incited violence at his rallies. While he is not responsible for protesters who show up at his rallies to make trouble, one could make the argument that his rhetoric encouraging a physical response by his supporters has led to physical altercations.
Trump is on record, and on video, of encouraging his supporters to “knock the crap” out of protesters and reminiscing about a time when protesters would be carried out on a stretcher. Coupled with that is Trump adding that he would pay the legal fees of anyone who “knocked the crap” out of a protester. Except now, Trump is denying he ever said such words.
Unfortunately for Trump, he has been caught on video saying just that. But that didn’t stop him from outright lying during an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America.
During a campaign event in North Carolina, a Trump supporter did take matters into his own hands by taking Donald’s advice to “knock the crap” out of a protester. A 78-year old white man sucker punched a black protester as the protester was already being led out by police. After that, the man said if the guy came back “we may have to kill him.”
While being interviewed on Meet the Press on Sunday, Trump was asked about fulfilling his promise to pay the legal fees of any supporter who “knocked the crap” out of a protester at a rally. Trump responded, “I’m going to take a look at it. I’ve actually instructed my people to look into it, yes.”
Fast forward around 48 hours later and now Trump is denying he ever uttered such words.
Speaking with George Stephanopoulos Tuesday morning, Trump said, “I don’t condone violence and I didn’t say that I was going to pay for his fees.” He added, “And somebody asked me a question, and I haven’t even seen it. So, I never said I was going to pay for fees.” (begins at approximately the 1:22 mark)
Except he did.
And in case he is having severe memory issues, either that or he is outright lying, which in either case we should all be concerned, here is Trump stating on Meet the Press that he has instructed his people to look into paying for the legal fees of the 78-year old supporter who sucker punched a protester as the protester was being led out by police.
This brings into question the sincerity and truthfulness of any of Donald Trump’s statements and promises.
Earlier on Tuesday, PolitiStick reported former GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who recently endorsed Trump. sharing how he was convinced to endorse Trump. Disturbingly, he revealed, “I needed to know that he could listen to other people, that he could change his opinions, and that some of the more outlandish things that he’s said, that he didn’t really believe those things.”
This cannot be a reassuring to any voters questioning whether Donald Trump — those who see him refreshing for “telling it like it is” — believes his own words or if his presidential campaign is just an extension of his reality TV acting career.
Carson’s admission and confirmation that Trump’s words are unbelievable dovetails with the recent discovery of an off-the-record conversations Trump reportedly had with the New York Times, in which Trump allegedly reassured the Times to not get too worked up about his rhetoric because he doesn’t actually believe what he’s saying, that it’s all pretty much an act, including his tough talk on immigration.
The NYT will not release the conversation without Trump’s authorization, permission he refuses to give.
This is a pattern with Donald Trump, one that we’ve seen before and that we no doubt will see again. He’ll make a statement or comment, then flat out deny ever saying such a thing.
Maybe we should call him, Lyin’ Trump!
h/t The Right Scoop