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(CNN)—Donald Trump on Saturday called for protesters who disrupt his rallies to be arrested, one day after altercations and protests forced him to cancel a campaign rally in Chicago.
The comments capped a tumultuous day on the campaign trail in which a demonstrator rushed a stage where Trump was speaking.
Trump also accused Bernie Sanders' supporters of sowing unrest at his events and the GOP front-runner refused to back down from his rhetoric that some have cited as the cause of heightened tension at his rallies.
Trump's call to arrest protesters came at a campaign event in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was repeatedly interrupted at the beginning of his address.
"I'm going to ask that you arrest them," Trump said to the police. "I'll file whatever charges you want. If they want to do this ... we're going to go strongly for your arrests."
Trump said arresting protesters would "ruin the rest of their lives" by giving them a "big arrest mark."
"Once that starts happening, we're not going to have any more protesters, folks," Trump said.
Trump began the day by blaming supporters of Sanders, the Vermont senator seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, of disrupting his Chicago event, where many in the audience chanted the senator's name after the rally was called off.
"Some represented Bernie, our communist friend," Trump said in Dayton, Ohio, his first campaign appearance since the Chicago event was postponed.
Later in the day, Trump said protesters at his Cleveland event are "Bernie's crowd."
"You know Bernie was saying Mr. Trump should speak to his crowd," Trump said. "You know where they come from? Bernie's crowd. They're Bernie's crowd."
And when a protester momentarily disrupted Trump's rally, the GOP front-runner again said the demonstrator was a "Bernie person."
"Get your people in line, Bernie," Trump said.
Sanders, however, pushed back against Trump, calling on him to denounce violence at his rallies and labeling him a "pathological liar."
"I don't think our supporters are inciting. What our supporters are doing is responding to a candidate who has, in fact, in many ways, encouraged violence," Sanders said at a news conference in Chicago. "When he talks about ... 'I wish we were in the old days when you could punch somebody in the head.' What do you think that says to his supporters?"
Sanders also referred to an incident this week in which a black protester was sucker-punched by a Trump supporter as he was being led out of a rally.
"So the issue now is Donald Trump has got to be loud and clear and tell his supporters that violence at rallies is not what America is about and to end it," Sanders said.
In a statement issued later Saturday, Sanders added: "As is the case virtually every day, Donald Trump is showing the American people that he is a pathological liar."
The other 2016 presidential candidates continued their attacks on Trump on Saturday over the violence at the Chicago rally.
"If you play with matches, you're going to start a fire you can't control," Hillary Clinton said at a caucus kick-off event at a local YMCA in St. Louis. "That's not leadership. That's political arson."
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said he still plans to support the Republican nominee in the general election, but it's "getting harder every day."
"I think we also have to look at the rhetoric coming from the front-runner in the presidential campaign," he told reporters in Largo, Florida. "Someone who's basically encouraged people in the audience to rough up anyone who stands up and says something he doesn't like."
Rubio said if the anger from voters continues, the country will "continue to be ripped apart at the seams."
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz accused Trump of encouraging his supporters to physically assault activists.
"Unlike Donald Trump, I don't ask people in the audience to punch people in the face. I don't ask them to engage in physical violence against protesters," he said in Kansas City. "And I think the way you interact with the citizens expresses what kind of President you'll be."
Ohio Gov. John Kasich -- who has made running a positive campaign a central part of his appeal to voters -- initially declined to criticize Trump on Friday night, saying he couldn't comment on the rallies as he had never been to one. Later, he issued a statement, saying Trump had been sowing "seeds of division" that "finally bore fruit."
But by Saturday morning, Kasich -- who, like Cruz, had declined to blame Trump for violence at his rallies, called a news conference to denounce Trump.
"Donald Trump has created a toxic environment, and a toxic environment has allowed his supporters and those who sometimes seek confrontation to come together in violence," Kasich told reporters in Sharonville, Ohio. "To see Americans slugging themselves at a political rally deeply disturbed me. We're better than that."
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If you would, we ask you to take a moment and reflect on Trump's campaign and his obvious divisive nature. After doing so we ask which of the 14 characteristics of fascism do you believe Trump represents.
1. powerful expressions of nationalism
2. distain for the importance of human rights
3. identification of enemies
4. supremacy of the military
5. rampant sexism
6. controlled mass media
7. obsession with national security
8. religion and ruling elite tied together
9. protection of powerful corporations
10. power of labor suppressed
11. disdain for intellectuals and the arts
12. obsession with crime
13. rampant cronyism
14. fraudulent elections