Sanders on Trump: 'This is a man who implies violence’
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Finance: Treasury mulls sanctions relief for Russian aluminum firm | Trump floats tying NAFTA talks to border security | 14 states hit record-low unemployment Kamala Harris will no longer accept corporate PAC money Judd Gregg: Who wins with Paul Ryan's departure? MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday accused GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRand's reversal advances Pompeo New allegations could threaten Trump VA pick: reports President Trump puts on the pageantry for Macron’s visit MORE of instigating dangerous unrest with his public remarks.

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“His language, his intonations, when he talks about carrying people out on rallies, when you see his supporters sucker punch people and kicking them when they’re down, this is a man who implies violence,” he told host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“This is a campaign whose rhetoric and people are leaning too much in the direction of violence. He absolutely has got to tone it down.  

“People are catching on to Donald Trump, and he’s getting reckless,” the Democratic presidential candidate added.

“I think Trump is getting nervous because he’s seeing in every national poll … that people in America know we can’t have a president who insults Mexicans, who insults women, who insults Muslims.”

Sanders additionally rejected Trump’s charges that Sanders supporters played a role in heated clashes at the billionaire’s rallies earlier this weekend.

“Our campaign has nothing to do with it,” he said. “We should take Mr. Trump’s words with a grain of salt.

“This is a man who can’t stop lying about anything. Our campaign had nothing to do with disrupting his meeting.”

Trump cancelled a rally in Chicago on Friday evening amid concerns that violence might erupt between his supporters and demonstrators.

Secret Service agents then surrounded Trump on Saturday when an onlooker rushed the stage during another event in Ohio.

Increasing unrest has marred Trump’s recent public appearances as he continues leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination.