Trump: Swinging At Protester 'Very, Very Appropriate'06:58
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A protester is removed from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign rally in Concord, N.C., Monday, March 7, 2016. (Gerry Broome/AP)
A protester is removed from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign rally in Concord, N.C., Monday, March 7, 2016. (Gerry Broome/AP)
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Rallies for Donald Trump are often marked by skirmishes between supporters and protesters. The Republican presidential candidate told reporters in Florida today that it was "very, very appropriate" that his supporters "swung back" at a protester.

"We’ve had a couple that were really violent. And the particular one when I said, [I'd] like to bang him. That was - a very vicious - you know, he is a guy who was swinging very loud and then started swinging at the audience. And you know what? The audience swung back. And I thought it was very, very appropriate. He was swinging, he was hitting people and the audience hit back. And that’s what we need a little bit more of. Now, I’m not talking about just a protester. This was a guy who was - should not have been allowed to do what he did. And frankly, if you want to know the truth, the police were very, very restrained. The police have been amazing. But the police were very, very restrained."

Video also shows his security has been roughing up protesters and journalists. Here & Now's Robin Young talks with David Graham, a staff writer at The Atlantic, about the "undercurrent of violence" that he says runs through Trump events.

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This segment aired on March 11, 2016.

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