Even if you don't believe Trump has technically incited violence (which he has been sued for), he clearly nodded toward violence at his campaign rallies. Sometimes it was veiled; other times it was unmistakable. Sometimes he was talking about self-defense, but it was clear he was advocating for a “form of violence.”
Here's a little trip down memory lane:
Trump attacked Bernie Sanders for letting Black Lives Matter protesters hijack his stage and said that kind of thing would be physically stopped at one of his events.
“I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself or if other people will,” he clarified.
“Get him the hell out of here, will you, please?” Trump said of a protester. “Get him out of here. Throw him out!”
“We have had a couple [protesters] that were really violent, and the particular one when I said I'd like to bang him, that was a very — he was a guy who was swinging, very loud and started swinging at the audience and the audience swung back, and I thought it was very, very appropriate.”
Talking about someone rushing the stage: “I don't know if I would have done well, but I would have been out there fighting, folks. I don't know if I'd have done well, but I would've been — boom boom boom boom.”
“In the good old days this doesn't happen because they used to treat them very, very rough.”
Trump suggested he would pay the legal fees of those who remove protesters if they get sued.
“Get him out,” Trump said. “Try not to hurt him. If you do, I'll defend you in court, don't worry about it.”