Yesterday, as Donald Trump egged them on from the podium, his supporters viciously attacked and beat a Black Lives Matter protester, kicking and punching him as he was on the ground, unable to defend himself.
Trump was asked about it today and fully supported the thuggish actions of his followers, inviting them to do more of the same.
Trump appeared on Fox & Friends this morning. “Maybe he should have been roughed up,” he said. “It was disgusting what he was doing.”
He continued, “I have a lot of fans and they were not happy about it. And this was a very obnoxious guy, a troublemaker, looking to make trouble.”
He gave a similarly winking response when his supporters have turned violent in the past. Two men in Boston said they ambushed and brutally beat a homeless Latino man because they were “inspired” by Trump, who later explained his supporters “are very passionate” and “love this country.”
Reports of Trump supporters launching violent and racist attacks have become commonplace. Another recent rally became violence when supporters shoved and spat on on immigration advocates. The following week, Trump supporters were filmed dragging and kicking an immigration activist while others yelled “U-S-A! U-S-A!”
This is a preview of the kind of American Donald Trump wants: One where mob violence is encouraged and carried out by his followers against anyone who would dare to disagree with him and say so publicly.
PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo/Eric Schultz