‘It’s Dangerous’ For Protesters At My Rallies, Trump Celebrates

MOON TOWNSHIP, PA - SEPTEMBER 22: President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Atlantic Aviation on September 22, 2020 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
MOON TOWNSHIP, PA - SEPTEMBER 22: President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Atlantic Aviation on September 22, 2020 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. Trump won Pennsylvania by less than a percentage point in... MOON TOWNSHIP, PA - SEPTEMBER 22: President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Atlantic Aviation on September 22, 2020 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. Trump won Pennsylvania by less than a percentage point in 2016 and is currently in a tight race with Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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September 23, 2020 9:54 a.m.

President Donald Trump dangled the threat of violence before would-be protesters last night, harkening back to past campaign rallies where several were assaulted.

During a rally outside Pittsburgh, Trump referred generally to “some kind of anti-Trump person” and then noted, “You don’t see it much anymore. You know why? It’s dangerous! It’s dangerous for them.” 


He’s right. When Trump has spoken about protesters in this way in the past — saying in 2016, for example, that he would “pay for the legal fees” of supporters that knocked out protesters — his supporters did attack some of them. It happened over and over and over and over again. 

Dallas Frazier, who repeatedly punched an anti-Trump protester multiple times outside a Trump rally in 2019, was sentenced to four months in prison earlier this year. But others who’ve attacked protesters haven’t faced penalties at all. 

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