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Cruz say Trump's rhetoric partly to blame for protests

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 00:39

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz blames Donald Trump's campaign for disruptions at a rally in Chicago. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Donald Trump's Republican rivals for the White House condemned protests that shut down his planned Chicago rally on Friday, but said his incendiary speech was partly to blame. Candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio both called the incident "sad" and said the people who chanted anti-Trump slogans and scuffled with Trump's fans inside a stadium at the University of Illinois should have respected the candidate and let the rally happen. But they added that Trump shared some responsibility. "Now responsibility for that lies with protesters who took the violence into their own hands. But in any campaign, responsibility starts at the top. Any candidate is responsible for the culture of the campaign," said Ted Cruz. "When you have a campaign that affirmatively encourages violence, when you have a campaign that is facing allegations of physical violence against members of the press, you create an environment that only encourages this sort of nasty discourse," he added. Trump has drawn fervent support as well as harsh criticism for his calls to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and to impose a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country. His rallies often attract small groups of protesters, but Friday's was the first at which there may have been as many protesters as supporters.

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Cruz say Trump's rhetoric partly to blame for protests

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 00:39