Democratic White House candidate Hillary Clinton has accused Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump of inciting violence, saying he is “trafficking in hate and fear.”
Speaking during an event at Ohio State University in Ohio on Sunday night, the former secretary of state called Trump “bigoted” and reiterated he had perpetrated “political arson.”
“It is clear that Donald Trump is running a very cynical campaign pitting groups of Americans against one another. He is trafficking in hate and fear,” Clinton said. “He actually incites violence in the way he urges his audience on, talking about punching people, offering to pay legal bills.”
“He has been incredibly bigoted towards so many groups,” she added. “You don’t make America great by tearing down everything that made America great.”
Speaking moments earlier at the same event at Ohio State University, Clinton’s rival, Bernie Sanders, described Trump as a “pathological liar.”
“I hesitate to say this because I really don’t like to disparage public officials, but Donald Trump is a pathological liar,” Sanders said.
“I would hope Mr. Trump tones it down big time and tells his supporters that violence is not acceptable in the American political process,” the senator from Vermont said.
Trump, who has never held elected office, is leading the Republican race despite the fact that his campaign has been marked by controversial statements, including disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants and Muslims.
The New York billionaire has so far won contests in 15 states — Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Vermont.
On Friday night, a large number of protesters — many of them African Americans and Latinos angered by Trump’s anti-immigrant stance — clashed with Trump’s supporters in Chicago, Illinois, forcing the billionaire to cancel a rally there.
The cancellation, which came amid large demonstrations both inside and outside the event at the University of Illinois at Chicago, follows heightened concerns about violence in general at Trump’s rallies across the United States.
Trump on Sunday called protesters at his rallies “bad people that are looking to do harm to our country.” He also accused Sanders and his supporters of disrupting his recent rallies.