“One of his ugliest and most troubling performances in recent memory,” one observer said of Trump’s rally in Pennsylvania.
During a campaign rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania Tuesday night, just hours after House Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment, President Donald Trump criticized an arena security guard for not being sufficiently rough while removing a woman who protested the event.
“Get her out. Get her out,” Trump demanded as his supporters pointed and yelled at the demonstrator, who was wearing a #MeToo hat and holding a sign that read, “Grabbing Power Back.”
“See, these guys want to be so politically correct,” Trump said of the security guard attempting to escort the demonstrator out of the arena. “You see that? I’ll tell you, law enforcement’s so great. That particular guy wanted to be so politically correct.”
“I don’t know who he was,” Trump said. “He didn’t do the greatest job.”
“Law enforcement is so great. That particular guy wanted to be so politically correct. Ahhh! Ahhh! We don’t want to be political correct” — Trump laments that arena security wasn’t rougher with a female protester pic.twitter.com/GdkEbzZUHQ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 11, 2019
As HuffPost noted, “Trump’s call to not be ‘politically correct’ harkens back to other incidents at his events.”
During a rally in 2016, he promised to pay the legal fees of anyone who attacks a protester.
“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you?” he said. “Seriously, OK?”
During another event, Trump complained that a protester was receiving high-fives as he left.
“I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you that,” he said.
And during a winter event in 2016, Trump told security to take the protesters’ coats.
“Throw them out into the cold,” he said. “Don’t give them their coats. No coats! Confiscate their coats.”
Trump’s response to the protest Tuesday night marked just one alarming moment in an event that Vox‘s Aaron Rupar—who live-tweets many of the president’s rallies—described as “nakedly authoritarian” and “one of his ugliest and most troubling performances in recent memory.”
During the rally, Trump repeated his racist “Pocahontas” slur against Sen. Elizabeth Warren to raucous cheers from his supporters, said the “American nation itself” could collapse if he doesn’t win reelection, attacked Medicare for All as a “socialist takeover,” jokingly suggested he could stay in office for 29 years, and accused Democrats of attempting to “overthrow our democracy” by moving ahead with impeachment.
Frantic Trump tries to block Senate from calling Bolton after bombshell book blows up his Ukraine defense
President Donald Trump went to bed fretting about John Bolton, and he woke up worried about his former national security adviser.
Excerpts from Bolton's new book leaked Sunday, claiming that Trump told him that Ukraine aid was tied to an investigation of Joe Biden and his son -- putting new pressure on Republican senators to approve additional witness testimony in the impeachment trial.
"The Democrat controlled House never even asked John Bolton to testify," Trump tweeted Monday morning. "It is up to them, not up to the Senate!"
The Democrat controlled House never even asked John Bolton to testify. It is up to them, not up to the Senate!
Fox & Friends panics over Bolton bombshells: ‘Devastating’ because impeachment trial was ‘on the fast track to closing out’
"Fox & Friends" hosts warned that leaks of John Bolton's book could blow up President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.
Co-host Brian Kilmeade told viewers that excerpts from the former national security adviser's book could force Republicans to hear additional witness testimony, and he fears the Trump administration was at war with itself.
"If John Bolton's lawyers are telling the truth here, and they just submitted (the transcript) in and it's leaked out," Kilmeade said, "if that is indeed the case, more evidence that people within the administration are against the administration."
GOP senators will ignore Bolton bombshell because they ‘just want this over’: ex-White House official
Appearing on CNN's "New Day," in the wake of the New York Times bombshell revelation that former national security adviser John Bolton book blows up the central impeachment defense put forward by Donald Trump's lawyers, former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart said it may not be enough to persuade Senate Republicans to allow witnesses.
According to the Times, "President Trump directly tied the withholding of almost $400 million in American security aid to investigations that he sought from Ukrainian officials, according to an unpublished manuscript of a book that John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, wrote about his time in the White House. The firsthand account of the link between the aid and investigations, which is based on meetings and conversations Mr. Bolton had with Mr. Trump, undercuts a key component of the president’s impeachment defense."