White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway on Monday suggested that Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party leaders should condemn violence at protests against President Donald Trump.
“It’s very disturbing,” Conway said on “Fox and Friends.” “I would love to hear Democratic leaders of the party, instead of still talking about the election, move forward and help us negotiate.”
She then cited Trump’s victory in the electoral college, an upset win the President has touted several times since his inauguration amid his administration’s failure to enact any other big-ticket policy.
“You have people still trying to make it go away, and this is the President. This is the people’s house. This is their government,” Conway said.
She said she would “love” to hear Democratic Party leaders address protesters.
“I would love to hear the new DNC chairman Tom Perez, Bernie Sanders, the Democratic senator from Vermont, who are going out on the road starting today,” Conway said (Sanders is an independent). “And I would love to hear Hillary Clinton, who lost to Donald Trump handily.”
Conway said they should “tell people to stop.”
“They have a right to express their First Amendment beliefs, but at the same time violence isn’t going to get us anywhere,” she said.
At least 20 people were arrested after violence broke out on Saturday at protests for and against Trump in Berkeley, California.
During Trump’s campaign for president, the candidate told supporters to “knock the crap” out of anybody who threw a tomato at him.
“I will pay for the legal fees. I promise,” he said at a rally in February 2016. “They won’t be so much because the courts agree with us too.”
In April, a federal judge in Kentucky allowed a lawsuit against Trump by three protesters assaulted at one of his campaign rallies in March 2016 to move forward. The plaintiffs claimed that Trump’s demand for supporters to “get ’em out of here” incited rally-goers to physically attack them.