‘The pattern has repeated itself again and again’.
‘It happened last week, when Trump appeared to kick a baby out of a rally, then later insisted that he was kidding’.
‘It happened the week before, when he encouraged Russia to hack Clinton’s emails, then claimed he was just being sarcastic’.
‘And with each new example, Trump’s rhetorical asides grow more alarming to many who hear them — and prompt condemnations from an ever-wider universe of critics’.
‘On Tuesday, for instance, even Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), one of Trump’s most ardent defenders, struggled to fully embrace his comments’.
‘Sessions insisted in an interview on CNN that Trump did not mean to encourage violence, but he acknowledged that Trump’s words were “awkwardly phrased.”