FYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – Authorities in North Carolina say they are looking at Donald Trump’s behavior as they continue their probe of a violent altercation at one of his rallies last week.
The Sheriff’s Office said in a Monday statement that its investigators are continuing to look at the rally last Wednesday in Fayetteville, during which a man was hit in the face while being escorted out.
“We are continuing to look at the totality of these circumstances … including the potential of whether there was conduct on the part of Mr. Trump or the Trump campaign which rose to the level of inciting a riot,” the statement said.
A sheriff’s department spokesman didn’t return a message seeking further comment. A spokeswoman for the local prosecutor referred questions to the sheriff’s office.
Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said, “They have not reached out to us at all.”
Authorities have already charged a rally attendee with assault, disorderly conduct and communicating threats after he was caught on video hitting a man being led out by deputies at the event in Fayetteville.
At one point during the rally, Trump described a previous event in which a protester traded punches with his supporters. Trump told the audience, “They started punching back. It was a beautiful thing.”