Garrett: Kasich’s Message ‘Optimistic & Civil’ While Trump ‘Bracing for Stormy Days’

‘Trump cancelled an event in Florida today to campaign in Ohio where he and Kasich are locked in a very tight battle’


KING: “Donald Trump’s campaign is surrounded by controversy this morning after a weekend of chaos and violence. Noisy protests followed Trump along the campaign trail. Demonstrators slashed with police and Trump supporters outside of his event. This happening just ahead of tomorrow’s primary elections in five states.”
ROSE: “The latest CBS News battleground tracker shows Trump a big leader in Florida and the winner gets all of the state’s delegates. In Ohio another win take all race, Trump is tied with the Ohio Governor John Kasich. Kasich is holding a town hall shortly in Youngstown and Major Garrett is there.”
GARRETT: “No endorsement, just an effort to drive up the Kasich vote in hopes of depricing Donald Trump of a victory here. Kasich’s crowds will be much smaller. His message optimistic and civil. Trump, meanwhile, is bracing for stormy days ahead, possibly as bad as the weekend’s past.”
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TRUMP: “We had some, I would say, they were — let’s be nice — protesters. OK?”
GARRETT (voice-over): “Late Sunday night, Donald Trump summarized a weekend of nasty clashes on the campaign trail.”
TRUMP: “All over the world, they are talking about what took place and they are talking about us, and they are talking about how well we handled it.”
GARRETT (voice-over): “Marco Rubio blamed Trump and his rhetoric for the stormiest days for the 2016 campaign.”
RUBIO: “What we see instead is a new brand of leadership which is no leadership at all. Which says to people, yes, get angry. Get even angrier....We are now a nation where people hate each other.”
GARRETT (voice-over): “It all started a Friday when large student-run protests forced Trump to cancel a nighttime rally in Chicago. Moments later, fights broke out between protesters and Trump supporters. Clashes spilled on to the streets. Police arrested five. One of those arrested was CBS News journalist Sopan Deb who identified himself as press before being hauled away.”
UNKNOWN MALE: “It was tense right from the start. I’ve never seen anything like I saw last night.”
GARRETT (voice-over): “In Ohio on Saturday, Trump defended his supporters implying they were provoked.”
TRUMP: “These were people that want to make America great again. All it is, very simple.”
GARRETT (voice-over): “During Trump’s speech, a man Trumped over a barricade and rushed the stage before tackled by police. Hours later in Kansas City, Trump said he is ready for a fight.”
TRUMP: “I would have been out there fighting. I don’t know what I would have done but boom, boom, boom, beat the —“
GARRETT (voice-over): “Anti-Trump protests clashed with police on horseback. On ‘Face the Nation’ Sunday, Trump dismissed activists opposed to his campaign.”
TRUMP: “I don’t think they have a great future. I think they are disrupters and not in love with our country.”
GARRETT (voice-over): “Trump also said he may pay legal bills with a man who was sucker-punched at a rally in North Carolina last week.”
TRUMP: “I don’t condone violence but the kid shouldn’t have had the finger up in the air either if that is what he did. I’ll take a look at the tape and let you know.”
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GARRETT: “Trump cancelled an event in Florida today to campaign in Ohio where he and Kasich are locked in a very tight battle for this winner take all state, 66 delegates. Norah.”

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