Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden leads Trump in Florida, tied in Arizona and Texas: poll We haven't seen how low it can go There's a big blue wave coming MORE on Monday evening slammed the violence surrounding Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE’s public appearances, arguing it resembles bloody incidents in America’s past.

“There’s a disturbing amount of divisive rhetoric in this campaign that’s really preying on peoples’ fears,” she told host Chris Matthews during a MSNBC town hall in Springfield, Ill. "It’s not only bad for our politics, it’s bad for our nation, and we need to stand up against it.


“People remember mob violence that led to lynchings,” the Democratic presidential front-runner added. "People remember mob violence that led to people getting shot, getting grabbed.”

“You have someone like Trump [who] is a demagogue, a showman, an inciter. He has been leading crowds in jeering protesters. It’s wrong. It’s offensive. It’s also dangerous.”

Clinton argued that Trump does not constructively handle criticism of his GOP presidential campaign, instead making tense situations worse with anger and insults.

“People have strong feelings, I totally accept that,” she said. "That’s when strong leaders should be trying to find common ground instead of flaming tension and setting up us vs. them."

“I think what happened on Friday in Chicago is tragically a natural outgrowth of that kind of incitement,” Clinton said, citing an event Trump scrapped there last week amid concerns over possible violence between Trump supporters and protesters.

“We all get protested against,” she added of public figures. "We all have to deal with that. You try to deal with that calmly and peacefully. That’s what leadership requires.”

Clinton also charged that those offended by Trump’s antics should respond by voting against the billionaire rather than provoking conflict with his supporters.

“The best thing that they could do is organize against anybody who incites violence, engages in belligerence and vote them down,” she said of the Republican presidential front-runner’s detractors.

“You have to be really careful that it is done in a way that is peaceful and respectful as far as that’s possible,” Clinton added of those who decide they must protest Trump publicly. "They should be careful about that.”

Trump canceled a campaign rally in Chicago last Friday night amid fears tensions between his supporters and protesters may boil over. His public events have since been marred by physical altercations, with police making multiple arrests nationwide.

He additionally had a protester rush his stage during a stop in Ohio last Saturday, prompting his security detail to tackle the man and form a protective barrier around the outspoken billionaire.

The real estate tycoon on Monday denied that his rhetoric promotes bloodshed, arguing that there is “no violence” around his campaign events and no injuries have resulted from them.