White House condemns violence at Trump events

White House condemns violence at Trump events
© Getty Images

President Obama's top spokesman on Friday condemned a recent string of violent incidents at Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report MORE rallies that have captured national attention. 

"There is no excuse or justification for acts of violence against reporters who are covering a political event," White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One.
"The White House like many other people, including other Republicans, has been concerned about the invective and taunting that has been directed at journalists covering political events," he added. 
“It’s totally inappropriate. It’s not consistent with the standards of political discourse that should be observed by anybody who is seeking the highest elected office in the greatest country in the world.”
Earnest's comments come one day after a man was arrested for punching a man at a Trump rally in North Carolina. 
Police and security at the event initially did not arrest the man who threw the sucker punch, and instead tackled and removed from the building the man who was hit with the punch. 
The remarks also came a day after Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was accused of grabbing a Breitbart reporter after a press conference. 
The reporter, Michelle Fields, on Friday filed a criminal complaint against Lewandowski. Fields tweeted a photo Thursday of bruises on her arm she said were left by the senior Trump adviser. 
Trump’s campaign has denied the incident took place, and Lewandowski fired off a number of tweets Thursday accusing Fields of being “totally delusional” and an “attention seeker.” 
Earnest suggested that the violent incidents and rhetoric from the Trump campaign could affect international opinion of the United States.  
“People around the world are watching and the tone and tenor of that debate does have an impact on the way people around the world see the United States,” he said. 

- Updated at 1:07 p.m.