“Donald Trump called this morning, had a good conversation. I appreciated his call,” McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters at his weekly Capitol news conference. “And I took the opportunity to recommend to him that no matter who may be triggering these violent expressions or conflicts that we’ve seen in some of these rallies, it might be a good idea to condemn that and discourage it, no matter what the source of it.”
Violence at Trump’s presidential campaign rallies reached a boiling point last week, when he cancelled a rally in Chicago due to security concerns triggered by fights between his supporters and anti-Trump protesters.
In his speeches, Trump has repeatedly suggested violence against protesters at his rallies, and said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that his staff was looking into paying the legal fees of a supporter who recently punched a protester in the face.
McConnell’s comments come as primary voters six states headed to the polls Tuesday. “I believe all candidates on both sides should be discouraging violence,” he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell advised Donald Trump to condemn violence at his campaign rallies, in a phone call with the GOP presidential front-runner Tuesday.