TIME 2016 Election

Trump Supporter: ‘Riots Aren’t Necessarily a Bad Thing’

Republican presidential Donald Trump during a campaign event at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida on March 14.
Hilary Swift—The New York Times/Redux Republican presidential Donald Trump during a campaign event at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida on March 14.

Trump has said that riots may break out if he was blocked from the Republican nomination

A prominent conservative media personality and Donald Trump supporter told CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer Wednesday that the riots Trump warned would happen if he was blocked from the Republican presidential nomination “aren’t necessarily a bad thing.”

Earlier in the day, Trump said that his supporters, who have previously been involved in violence at rallies, might riot if he was not made the Republican nominee despite having a majority of delegates.

“Riots aren’t necessarily a bad thing if it means it’s because [Trump supporters are] fighting the fact that our establishment Republican Party has gone corrupt and decided to ignore the voice of the people and ignore the process,” Scottie Nell Hughes, Chief Political Commentator for USA Radio Networks, told Blitzer.

“You really don’t want riots to emerge at the Republican convention. . . where people could be injured, people could be hurt?” Blitzer asked.

“It’s not riot as in a negative thing we’ve seen in the past,” Hughes replied. “I know they would not resort to violence, however they would make sure their voices are heard, that they can’t be ignored.”

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