“Violence is absolutely and totally unacceptable,” Sanders said. “Anyone even thinking about violence, please do not tell anybody you are a Bernie Sanders supporter, because those are not the supporters that I want”
For months, Sanders has called the presumptive Republican nominee a “bigot" and a “liar,” and almost daily Sanders has accused Trump of scapegoating minorities. He said during the press conference tailored toward issues of labor and economy that he empathized with the outrage of those demonstrating.
Trump has said that he is the "least racist person you have ever met."
Still, Sanders added that Trump would not be defeated with violence, but called for peaceful organizing. “We will defeat Trump, but the way to defeat Trump is not by violence,” he said. “The way to defeat him is not by violence of any kind, not by personal harassment, it’s by educating, by organizing and bringing people out to vote.”