Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump responded to his supporters beating up a black man at a Birmingham, Alabama, rally.
Trump said of the Black Lives Matter protester, “Get him the hell out of here,” and the crowd took action.
At least a half-dozen attendees at the rally punched, kicked and tackled a black protester to the ground who tried to disrupt Trump’s speech.
At least one man punched the protester and a woman kicked him while he was on the ground.
All of the Trump supporters involved in the brawl were white people.
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Donald Trump showed support for his violent fans who reportedly punched and kicked the protester who was exercising his First Amendment rights.
On “Fox & Friends” Sunday morning, the billionaire hotel magnate referred to the incident as the man being “roughed up,” and he was.
Trump said, “I don’t know. Roughed up? Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing,” according to Business Insider.
The GOP front-runner repeatedly called his protester “obnoxious.”
“The man that was — I don’t know, you say ‘roughed up’ — he was so obnoxious and so loud. He was screaming. I had 10,000 people in the room yesterday — 10,000 people. And this guy started screaming by himself,” Trump said.
“I have lot of fans and they were not happy about it. And this was a very obnoxious guy, who was a troublemaker who was looking to make trouble,” he remarked.
However, a Trump spokeswoman told CNN that “the campaign does not condone this behavior” but it appears that the Republican candidate does.
I linked to a few of the violent incidents at rallies for Trump here.
I. too, find some protests to be obnoxious, such as Tea Party rallies, however, I respect their First Amendment rights to act like assholes. Dissent is as American as apple pie, so let’s not skip that part of the Constitution, mmkay?
Remember when tea partiers repeatedly disrupted town hall events meant to explain the Affordable Care Act? None of them were beaten and the aggressors would never be supported by the Democrats who were there to explain how health care reform would work.
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