Following a recent spate of violence at his rallies, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump defends his campaign saying, ''it's a love fest.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) After recent incidents of violence at his rallies, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is defending his campaign saying it's a "love fest." Speaking at a campaign event in Hickory, North Carolina, Trump denied there was a problem with violence at his rallies. "You know how many people have been hurt at our rallies? I think like basically none, other than I guess, maybe somebody got hit once," said Trump. He was referring to an incident last week when a 78-year-old Trump supporter sucker-punched a young black man being led out of a rally. Trump supporters and protesters have clashed at his rallies in recent days, fueling accusations that the New York billionaire has created an ugly atmosphere with his campaign invective against groups such as Mexican immigrants and Muslims, and his rough tone toward hecklers. Trump, who has rejected accusations he is to blame for the tensions, has emerged from the early nominating contests with a clear lead in the number of delegates needed to win the party nomination for the Nov. 8 election.