Throughout primary season, Donald Trump rallies have grown increasingly violent and chaotic, which culminated in a canceled Chicago event and a spooked Trump in Ohio after a man tried to rush the stage. In the aftermath, Trump has made a made a shift to call these folks “disrupters” instead of “protesters,” which he did on Sunday morning’s episode of Meet the Press.
The distinction between the two words seems important to the reality star for semantic reasons. But moderator Chuck Todd looked past Trump’s attempt to reframe another incident (from last week) where a Trump supporter hauled off and sucker-punched a protester in North Carolina. Trump admitted he’s instructed his people to look into paying the man’s legal fees:
“I’m going to look at it. I’m going to see, you know, what was behind this, because it was a strange event. But from what I heard, there was a lot of taunting and a certain finger was placed in the air. Not nice … I’ve actually instructed my people to look into it, yes.”