The Hill reports:
President-elect Donald Trump on Friday acknowledged that his backers were “vicious” and “violent” during the campaign.
“You people were vicious, violent, screaming, ‘Where’s the wall? We want the wall!’ Screaming, ‘Prison! Prison! Lock her up!’ I mean you are going crazy. I mean, you were nasty and mean and vicious and you wanted to win, right?” Trump said in Orlando, Fla., during a stop on his “thank you” tour. “But now, you’re mellow and you’re cool and you’re not nearly as vicious or violent, right? Because we won, right?”
During the campaign, Trump downplayed violent incidents that took place at his rallies, often claiming any incidents were caused by paid protesters. Trump frequently said during rallies that he would pay the legal fees of any supporter who was arrested for punching an anti-Trump protester.