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CHICAGO (AP) _ As Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump attempts to unify a fractured GOP around his candidacy, images of his supporters attacking protesters and allegations that he’s inciting violence are casting new attention on the divisive nature of his candidacy.

Trump had to answer questions Thursday night about video that showed a supporter punching a protester at a rally this week in North Carolina. It was the latest in a string of scuffles at his often heated rallies, at which protesters frequently clash with supporters and security.

Trump rejected the idea that he was responsible for the ncidents and allegations he sets a tone at his rallies that encourages violence.

He said, “I hope not. I truly hope not,” explaining that his debates draw thousands of people who are filled with emotion