Trump gives supporters permission to be violent with protesters: If you hurt them I’ll defend you in court
Physical violence at rallies for presidential contender Donald Trump have become a troubling trend — and perhaps it persists because the GOP front runner does nothing to stop it from happening.
This was reinforced Friday when Trump insinuated he even enjoys it. According to CBS New York, Trump told an audience in Michigan that a melee between a protester and rally-goers in New Hampshire was “really amazing to watch.”
Trump, who is currently the controversial front runner, told his audience he was tired of “political correctness” when it came to handling frequent protests at his campaign events. When interrupted by another protester, he again seemed to encourage violence.
“Get him out,” Trump said according to CBS. “Try not to hurt him. If you do I’ll defend you in court.”
Then he said, “Are Trump rallies the most fun? We’re having a good time.”
Trump said a protester started “swinging and punching” when rally-goers “took him out.”
“It was really amazing to watch,” he said.
Trump was recently criticized for an incident this week in which a young African-American woman was roughly shoved, screamed at and called names by Trump supporters, including members of a white nationalist group.
Two other women also said they were attacked by Trump supporters at the rally. Police are investigating several instances of violence.
Watch video of Trump’s comments, as posted to YouTube, here: