Donald Trump Stands By the Beating of a Black Protestor At Rally

November 22nd 2015

Diana Crandall

Donald Trump supporters shoved, tackled, punched and kicked a Black Lives Matter protestor at a Trump rally in Alabama on Saturday, ThinkProgress reports. Now, Trump is suggesting that they were right for doing so.

“Maybe he should have been roughed up,” he said on Fox & Friends on Sunday. Trump said:

“It was disgusting what he was doing... this was a very obnoxious guy, who was a troublemaker, was looking to make trouble, but I didn't get to see the event."

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Local activist Mercutio Southall Jr. has been repeatedly arrested while fighting what he cites unfair treatment of Black people, the Washington Post reports. He was heard shouting “Black lives matter” when a fight broke out, according to CBS. Approximately six people participated in pushing and tackling the Southall when he wouldn’t leave the rally, CBS reports.

One CNN reporter captured video of the incident.

Trump, who is currently leading the GOP race, apparently noticed some sort of altercation was occurring, and said:

"Yeah, you can get him out,” Trump said, according to CBS News. He added:

"Yeah, get him out. Get him the hell out of here."

The incident Saturday was unusual for Trump, who in the past has regularly urged people in the audience to not harm anyone protesting his events. This changed over the weekend and in many ways, is another example of Trump's intolerant approach toward minorities.

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At another Trump rally on October 14, attendees shoved and spat on immigration advocates, ThinkProgress reports.

On October 24, another immigration advocate was dragged across the ground at a Trump rally, NBC 6 South Florida reports. The video also portrays a Trump supporter kicking the advocate while he is still on the ground, while other Trump supporters chant “U-S-A! U-S-A!”