Rep. Kevin Cramer Blasts GOP Field for Blaming Violent Protests on Donald Trump

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North Dakota’s sole Congressman, Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), derided presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who have recently suggested that Donald Trump should be blamed for violent protesters at his own campaign rallies.

“For the three elected Republicans to blame Trump for violence committed by liberal Chicago thugs is like Barack Obama blaming U.S. exceptionalism for radical Islamic terrorism,” Cramer wrote in a new op-ed.

After Trump’s Chicago campaign rally on Friday was canceled because of large protests, fellow GOP candidates criticized Trump rather than the left wing protesters.

“I think a campaign bears responsibility for creating an environment, when the candidate urges supporters to engage in physical violence — to punch people in the face. The predictable consequence of that is that it escalates and today is unlikely to be the last such instance. We [saw] earlier today in St. Louis over thirty arrested. That’s not how our politics should occur,” Cruz stated in response to the protests.

Rubio simply said, “Words have consequences.”

Kasich also cast some blame on Trump’s “gloomy” tone, according to The Hill.

“You can walk into a room of 100 people, and you can put them in a really bad mood or you can make them hopeful,” Kasich said. “I talk about how we can fix things. The hopefulness of things, I think, works.”