'Simply Not True:' CNN Host Calls Out Trump Campaign Board Member for Claiming President 'Never, Ever' Incited Violence

President Donald Trump has been heavily criticized in recent days for repeated negative and inflammatory comments and social media posts about Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, particularly after the Muslim legislator from Minnesota was found to be the target of a death threat from a Trump supporter. But one member of the Trump campaign claimed today that the president has "never, ever" endorsed violence against anyone.

Appearing on CNN Sunday morning, Trump campaign board member Steve Rogers was asked by host Victor Blackwell about the possible relation between what the president says and tweets and violent behavior like the New York state man arrested by the FBI earlier this month for threatening to "put a bullet" in Omar's head.

"Should the president consider that when he's tweeting videos like the one he has pinned now on his Twitter account?" Asked Blackwell, referring to a short video shared by Trump that cuts between Omar's recent comments on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and footage from that tragic day.

"We certainly will never, ever endorse anyone committing an act of violence against anyone," responded Rogers. "Look, we say things and we express our freedom of speech. We're not responsible, Victor, for the actions of other people. You and I can take something we say on the air and some crackpot will take what we say and turn it around to try to justify their actions."

Blackwell countered by paraphrasing a couple of things Trump said at rallies during the 2016 presidential campaign.

"You mean like, 'If you see someone who wants to throw a tomato, punch 'em in the face' or 'I'll pay your legal bills if you attack one of these protestors'? Something like that?" he asked.

"This is not about the president of the United States, okay," said Rogers, without actually answering the question. "People are responsible for their own actions. It's easy to say 'That person made me do this,' 'That person made me do that.' I spent 38 years in law enforcement and all I heard from criminals was, 'Well, you know what I was forced to do it because someone made me do it.' The president is not responsible for the actions of other people."

"Is he not responsible for his words?" asked Blackwell. "If he incites violence, is he not responsible for those words?"

Rogers' replied, "I've been to his rallies, I've been all over the place with him and his team, he has never incited violence. He has never, ever suggested that people should commit violent acts against each other."

"That is absolutely untrue," Blackwell responded, repeating the statement for emphasis. He then once again brought up the president's own previous statements as evidence.

"We've seen the president say that with the good old days that people would be taken out in stretchers at his rallies during the 2016 campaign," noted the host. "We've him say that what he'd like to do is punch somebody in the face. We've seen him promise to pay for legal bills if they were to attack a protestor at one of his rallies so what you're saying there just simply is not true."

A number of Democratic political leaders and presidential hopefuls have come out publicly in response to Trump's anti-Omar tweet.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on Friday that she believed Omar's "life is in danger. For our colleagues to be silent is to be complicit in the outright, dangerous targeting of a member of Congress. We must speak out."

Senator and 2020 Democratic hopeful Elizabeth Warren tweeted that "The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman — and an entire group of Americans based on their religion. It's disgusting. It's shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it."

On Saturday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of using September 11 for a "political attack" while former Congressman and current presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke also accused Trump of inciting violence.

"This is part and parcel of what we've seen from an administration that has described Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals," he said at a campaign event in South Carolina.

Even before the September 11-related tweet, Trump had been accused of potentially inflaming sentiments against Omar. Last weekend, only hours after news broke about the death threats against the Congresswoman, the president appeared at an event for the Republican Jewish Coalition, where he joked, "Special thanks to Representative Omar of Minnesota — Oh, I forgot. She doesn't like Israel. I forgot. I'm so sorry."

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