Protesters are removed as Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Fayetteville, N.C., on March 9. (Photo: Gerry Broome, AP)
Protesters are removed as Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Fayetteville, N.C., on March 9. (Photo: Gerry Broome, AP)

Last updated 7:51 p.m. ET, March 17

There will be riots, GOP candidate Donald Trump said after key primary victories on March 15, the most recent Super Tuesday, if he does not get the Republican nomination.

That statement wasn’t the first time that Trump encouraged his supporters to use violence. The candidate has offered money to anyone willing to punch protesters (who show up at his rallies) in the face. Trump has also threatened to press charges against activists. Thomas DiMassimo of Ohio was charged with a misdemeanor (illegal entry on restricted grounds) after his arrest for rushing the stage during Trump’s campaign speech March 12. The man could face a year in prison.

Police pepper sprayed another group of protesters in Kansas City. And cops removed black students from a rally on Georgia’s Valdosta State University campus even though they had tickets to attend the Trump event. Some students were very emotional after the incident. Officers said they removed students from the auditorium at the request of the Trump campaign.  The Trump campaign has denied that they made such a request.

Black Lives Matter supporters and protesters have condemned Trump’s reaction to activists, the removal of students from the Valdosta event and the candidate’s threat to press charges.  A roundup of comments (on both sides of the issue) from social media:

A Facebook reader reacts to the column "Trump, rivals battle under cloud of violence" in USA TODAY. (Photo: screenshot from USA TODAY)

A Facebook reader reacts to the article "Donald Trump: 'These people are disruptors'" from USA TODAY. (Photo: screenshot from USA TODAY)