Candidates and voters weigh in on campaign violence
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The presidential hopefuls are also weighing in on last week’s incidents of unrest and violence at some campaign rallies.
But will those incidents affect who voters will choose when they go to the polls on Tuesday?
Donald Trump is once again facing criticism from Democrats and even some Republicans, not just for the tone of his campaign, but the increasing violent confrontations at his events.
"Don’t worry you’re not going to get beat up at my rally," said Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio.
The candidates are making their last minute pitches to voters in yet another round of important Tuesday primary states.
The stakes are high and so are the tensions.
Physical confrontations have been part of Donald Trump events since last year, but it all appeared to boil over this weekend.
Fights forced Trump to cancel a planned rally in Chicago Friday and secret service prevented a protester from getting near Trump the next day.
Some are blaming Trump’s rhetoric.
"I’d like to punch him in the face I’ll tell you. If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them would you?" Trump said.
For creating a dangerous atmosphere.
"This is a man who in rallies has told his supporters to basically beat up the people who are in the crowd," Rubio said of Trump.
"Donald Trump is literally inciting violence with his supporters," said Senator Bernie Sanders.
Trump said his campaign is not to blame.
A Monmouth University poll now said incidents, like what happened in Chicago, may actually be helping Trump’s numbers.
Twice as many Florida primary voters say it makes them more likely to support Trump.
And experts said that, no matter who is at fault, there is a dangerous precedent.
"It’s an invitation for someone else to say look what I can do. I can go out there and I can disrupt his speech, I can cause this chaos and cause all this drama," said Jonathan Wackrow, a former Secret Service Agent for President Obama.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who hasn’t endorsed a Republican candidate and typically avoids commenting on the 2016 race, told a Wisconsin Radio Station Monday that he found the images from this weekend’s Trump events, "very concerning."
Ryan said he feels candidates need to "take responsibility for the environment at their rallies."