Trump: I'll consider paying legal fees for the man who allegedly threw a sucker punch at one of my rallies

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he is "going to take a look at" paying the legal fees of an apparent supporter who allegedly punched a protester at one of Trump's rallies last week.

During a Sunday interview on "Meet The Press," the real-estate mogul criticized the protester, who was allegedly hit as he was being escorted out of Trump's Wednesday rally in North Carolina.

"I do want to see what that young man was doing, because he was very taunting," Trump said of the protester. "He was very loud, very disruptive."

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Trump: I'll consider paying legal fees for the man who allegedly threw a sucker punch at one of my rallies
Protesters disrupta rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Arvest Bank Theater in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday, March 12, 2016. (Jill Toyoshiba/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump describes how he was ready to punch a person who rushed the stage during an election rally earlier in the day, as he speaks to a crowd in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, March 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12: Protestors interrupt as republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City, MO on Saturday March 12, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12: People cheer as republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walks out to speak during a campaign event at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City, MO on Saturday March 12, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump watches as an anti-Trump demonstrator holds up a sign reading: Who Would Jesus Deport, at a Trump election rally in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, March 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Demonstrators wave signs as they interrupt an election rally of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, March 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Demonstrators disrupt an election rally by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, March 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City, MO on Saturday March 12, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12: Protestors interrupt as republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City, MO on Saturday March 12, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12: A protestor is removed as republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City, MO on Saturday March 12, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City, MO on Saturday March 12, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
A protester yells at police outside a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Arvest Bank Theater in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday, March 12, 2016. (Christopher Smith/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
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"I want to see the full tape. I don't condone violence. I'm going to look at," he added.

When pressed by host Chuck Todd to confirm whether he would cover the legal fees for the supporter, who is now reportedly facing assault and battery charges, Trump said he was considering it.

"I've actually instructed my people to look into it, yes," Trump said.

Last month, Trump pledged to pay the legal bills for supporters who "knocked the crap" out of anyone who was considering throwing tomatoes at the former reality-television star.

"If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them," Trump said. "Just knock the hell — I promise you, I'll pay the legal fees."

Over the last several weeks, Trump's rallies have grown increasingly tense, as protesters have repeatedly clashed with Trump supporters.

The day after the real-estate developer was forced to cancel a Friday rally in Chicago due to tensions between protesters and supporters, Trump's US Secret Service detail was forced onstage at an Ohio rally to protect the candidate after an attendee apparently attempted to storm the stage.

Trump has responded to the tensions at his rallies by doubling down on his aggressive rhetoric.

On Saturday, Trump called on law-enforcement officials to arrest the protesters that disrupt his rallies.

"I hope they arrest these people because they're really violating all of us, OK? And I hope they're arrested. I hope they're arrested, because honestly they should be," Trump said. "I'm going to ask that you arrest them. I'll file whatever charges you want. Who the hell knows."

He added: "I'm going to do this from now on. Let's ruin the rest of — they're going to ruin the rest of their lives. If they want to do this, let them have a big arrest mark."

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