Protesters looking for trouble at Donald Trump’s rallies are going to find it, and the Republican presidential candidate is not the least apologetic for that.
On Sunday, Trump defended the actions of security and supporters who none-too-gently escorted Black Lives Matter activist Mercutio Southall from a Birmingham, Ala., rally after Southall began screaming at Trump.
“Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing,” Trump said Sunday on Fox and Friends. At Saturday’s rally, Trump told security, to “get him the hell out of here.”
Trump has said he is not planning to allow protesters who come looking for trouble to walk away empty-handed, or to succeed in disrupting his rallies. “The man that was — I don’t know, you say ‘roughed up’ — he was so obnoxious and so loud. He was screaming. I had 10,000 people in the room yesterday — 10,000 people. And this guy started screaming by himself,” Trump said Sunday. “I have 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,” he said.
Southall insisted he was badly injured, but did not seek medical attention. He said he was taunted by racial slurs, although none are audible on tapes of the incident. Apparently amazed that supporters of a candidate he came to trash did not like his rant, he said he felt in the presence of a “lynch mob” after he started screaming.
A Black Lives Matter supporter blamed Trump for the entire situation.
“When you have a candidate going around spewing hatred and racism, that’s to be expected,” said Carlos Havers of the National Action Network, who was with Southall at Birmingham. “He (Trump) was really inciting the entire thing.”
“He does condone it because he was the one saying, ‘Yeah, get them out of here.’ He was the one telling the supporters to do what they needed to to get them out of here,” Havers said. “We want an apology from Donald Trump himself. We want him to sit down with us and explain why he did what he did and why’s he’s going around the country spewing hatred and racism.”
Trump, meanwhile, showed disgust Saturday not only with the antics of protesters who come to steal the spotlight, but the media that lets them get away with it.
“Look at those bloodsuckers back there,” Trump said Saturday at the rally as the media followed the fuss and not the event. “They’re turned around, and they’re following the people, right? Because you have a small group of people that made some noise and are being thrown out on their a–. Right?”
The crowd then cheered Trump.