In a clear message to Donald Trump Saturday, President Obama told presidential candidates to stop provoking violence.
“They should speak out against violence, and reject efforts to spread fear or turn us against one another,” Obama told a group of Democratic supporters in Austin, Texas on Saturday. “And if they refuse to do that, they don’t deserve our support.”
“The best leaders, the leaders who are worthy of our votes, remind us that even in a country as big and diverse and inclusive as ours, what we’ve got in common is far more important than what divides any of us,” the president said.
Obama’s comments came a day after GOP front-runner Trump canceled a rally in Chicago, citing fear of violence between his supporters and protesters.