"Politically it’s a terrible message for him to be sending. It will work against him.” Matt Borges, an outspoken critic of Trump, told ABC News. “No one is going to come to Cleveland thinking they better vote for Trump or there will be riots.”
Borges insisted the convention is going to be an “orderly process, transparent process,” and said if Trump shows up without the majority of the delegates "that’s his fault.”
Borges said they have been working with state and local law enforcement and there is an extensive security plan in place as there would be at any convention.
“We’re ready,” Borges said, “so I think it will be a peaceful and orderly and fine.”
Just yesterday, however, Trump said he wasn’t so sure.
“I think we’ll win before getting to the convention but I can tell you if we didn’t and If we‘re 20 votes short or if we’re 100 short and we’re at 1,100 and someone else is at 500 or 400 cause we’re way ahead of everybody...I think you’d have riots,” Trump said on CNN Wednesday morning.
Kasich took his reactions to Twitter, calling Trump’s talk of riots “unacceptable language.”
Sean Spicer, the RNC’s communications director and chief strategist, said in an interview with CNN on Wednesday that he assumed Trump was “speaking figuratively.”
“I feel very good about how we are going to run our convention,” Spicer said.
But she added a note of confidence that Trump’s supporters wouldn’t “resort to violence.”
“I know they would not do it,” Hughes said. “However, they would make sure their voices are heard, that they can't be ignored.”
ABC News’ Meridith McGraw contributed reporting.