Charles Krauthammer: Trump Refuses To Condemn The "Lynch Talk" Of His Supporters
Krauthammer: Trump "Refused To Condemn" A Supporter That Attacked And Threatened A Protester And That Is "Really Unconscionable"
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From the March 14 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier:
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MARA LIASSON: Well, it's certainly true that in past presidential campaigns, when there have been protesters it's generally helped the Republican law and order candidate, but, I think there are two things going on. One is about the protesters behavior, and if they're violating the law, if they are doing something to the people who are going there, they can be arrested and removed, a lot of them are. But then, there's a big -- a legitimate controversy about for the first time ever, we have a presidential candidate encouraging his supporters to "Beat the crap out of the guy and I'll pay your legal fees" or "I want to punch him in the face," or "The good old days, when people like that were carried out on stretchers." I mean those are comments that really do cross a line.
BRET BAIER (HOST): Charles.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I think that's right, there are two separate phenomenon, the one obviously what happened in Chicago, is organized, and this is the far-left also, the far right we saw it, in the 20's and the 30's, the tactic of shutting the opposition down. And it isn't only something happening in presidential politics. This is happening on campus all the time. Speakers who aren't allowed to speak, outside of the Trumps and the others. And we're talking about the norm on campus, which is that -- the left acts in a totalitarian way to control who speaks. That's a phenomenon, it should be condemned, and Trump and the supporters who are the victims here, are not to be blamed.There's a second phenomenon, which is other events which are happening in Trump events, and you get as Mara said, Trump winking and nodding saying, you know, "In the old days we carried them out on a stretcher," meaning we used to beat people like that until they were unable to walk. We saw on tape a guy hitting, sucker punching a demonstrator in the face, and then saying on camera "If we see him again, we may have to kill him." That's lynch talk, and when asked about it, Trump said I don't condone it. That's great. But he refused to condemn it. And that I think is really unconscionable.
BAIER: He did say he was considering paying those legal fees, even still --
KRAUTHAMMER: And that's even worse.