Trump Defends Fans’ Assault of Black Lives Matter Activist

HeadlineNov 23, 2015

Republican front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson have both indicated they would revive waterboarding and other forms of Bush-era torture as part of the fight against ISIL. Trump also said he wanted “surveillance of certain mosques” and falsely claimed “thousands” of people in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheered after the 9/11 attacks. On Saturday, Trump’s remarks at a rally in Birmingham, Alabama, were interrupted by an African-American activist who shouted, “Black lives matter.” Trump shouted, “Get him the hell out of here,” and a group of Trump’s supporters surrounded the activist, Mercutio Southall Jr., kicking and punching him. Trump defended their actions in a Fox News interview Sunday.

Donald Trump: “I don’t know, rough up, he should have been—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, but I have a 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. But I didn’t get to see the event.”

Donald Trump also retweeted a graphic of racially biased, fabricated crime statistics, which falsely claimed, for example, that 81 percent of white murder victims are killed by African Americans; actually, 82 percent of white murder victims are killed by other whites.

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