2016 GOP presidential front runner Donald Trump dismissed concerns about a viral video showing a Black Lives Matter protester being beaten and kicked at his supporters at a rally on Saturday, saying that maybe the defenseless man “should have been roughed up.”
In the widely viewed video, the protester can be seen being dragged to the ground by security before several Trump supporters begin punching and kicking him. In the background, Trump can be heard yelling, “Get him the hell out of here.”
Speaking with the hosts on Fox News Sunday, Trump called the protester “obnoxious” while at the same time questioning whether he was “roughed up.”
“The man that you say was, I don’t know, you said roughed up — he was so obnoxious and screaming,” Trump told host Ed Henry. “I had 10,000 screaming people in the room yesterday. Ten thousand people and this guy started screaming by himself, and I don’t know. Roughed up? Maybe he should have been roughed up. Because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”
“This was not handled the way Bernie Sanders handled his problem, I will tell you that.”
Watch the video below via YouTube:
Trump supporters shouted ‘go home’ at Native Americans protesting Mount Rushmore rally on their land: report
The protesters argued that it is their land after the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1868, which was ratified by the U.S. Senate.
The Black Hills of South Dakota, where Mount Rushmore is located, was among the lands the tribes received to bring about an end to Red Cloud's War, which is also known as the Bozeman Trail War.
WATCH: Native American protesters ‘reclaimed the road’ to Donald Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore
Police in camouflage fatigues and riot gear faced off against protesters in South Dakota on Friday evening.
"More than 100 protesters gathered on a highway leading to Mount Rushmore on Friday ahead of President Donald Trump’s speech at the monument," Indian Country Today reports. "Native women in ribbon skirts created a line across the highway, behind them members of NDN Collective, a nonprofit Native advocacy organization, parked white vans across the road."
Trump impersonator hilariously previews the president’s Mount Rushmore speech
On Friday, musician and Trump impersonator J-L Cauvin posted a video satirically previewing the president's Independence Day speech at Mount Rushmore.
"The Democrats want you to wear masks, but we don't need masks," said Cauvin, impersonating Trump's New York accent. "Everybody's feeling great — stop coughing! Everybody's feeling great. So healthy. Such great health."
"Democrats want to kill you and silence you," he continued.
He then delivered a parody rant against removing statues, which sources report Trump will make a central point of his speech. "Thomas Jefferson, that's another one they hate. Everyone makes mistakes, but he had African-American girlfriends!"