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Asked tonight whether he uses rhetoric that might encourage violence at his campaign rallies, Donald Trump said, “I hope not. I truly hope not.” He also seemed to imply that any protestors who are on the receiving end of Trump-supporter violence were probably themselves being violent.

Speaking of his more aggressive fans, Trump said, “There’s some anger. There’s also great love for the country. It’s a beautiful thing in many respects.”

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