Some think its racism; others believe it is simply a campaign strategy. The truth is that the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, is known for speaking his mind, and his latest outburst has many outraged because some feel it is outright racist. His outbursts seem to catapult him in the polls, but his latest remark during a rally in Muscatine, Iowa, on Sunday is being deemed as highly inappropriate, and some are even calling it racist.
As reported by Gawker, a pair of protestors carrying a sign that read “Stop Hate” were apparently causing trouble, and as one protester wearing a red turban was escorted out of the arena, the GOP front-runner asked the following question, “He wasn’t wearing one of those hats, was he?”
"He wasn't wearing one of those hats, was he?" Trump asks after men, one in a turban, interrupt rally https://t.co/2NJWSyGUhm
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 24, 2016
Video of protestor wearing red turban taken out of Trump rally w a "Stop hate" banner. pic.twitter.com/0z0drPmd0Z
— Lauren Blanchard (@LaurenBlanch12) January 24, 2016
The incident was met with a fierce response from social media users, and the below tweets are just a few of the reactions.
Trump reportedly follows up after man in turban is tossed: He wasn't wearing one of those hats, was he? https://t.co/DSMnruqVvT
— Contessa Brewer (@contessabrewer) January 24, 2016
Protester in turban is ejected. Crowd shouts "U-S-A." Trump: "He wasn't wearing one of those hats, was he? Was he wearing one of those?"
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 24, 2016
— Cecilia Vega (@CeciliaVegaABC) January 24, 2016
Once again, Trump has stirred up controversy, and the above comment comes just a day after he said that support for his presidential campaign would not decline even if he shot someone in the middle of a crowded street.
“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” Trump was quoted as saying at a campaign rally Saturday.
According to CNN, Trump’s loyal supporters continually back his absurd remarks, and many of them tell reporters and pollsters that almost nothing could make them change their mind about voting for Trump in the presidential race.
Meanwhile, the business magnate was recently heavily criticized and raised more than a few eyebrows when he retweeted a tweet that came from a user named “WhiteGenocideTM.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2016
The profile, which has about 3,200 followers, used the name “Donald Trumpovitz” and reportedly linked to a website containing a documentary on behalf of Adolf Hitler. The user’s profile also had a background photo with red letters that read “Get out of my country,” and its location was listed as being “Jewmerica”.
As said in a report from Reuters, some on Twitter were appalled and perplexed by Friday’s retweet by Trump. Trump has not sought the backing of white supremacist groups, but several such groups say his success has helped them win new supporters.
Trump has repeatedly been criticized for his retweets, which seem to have been specifically chosen for his account.
It seems that no one is safe from Trump’s wrath, not even members of his own party. In September, he went as far as to insult the appearance of his fellow GOP presidential contender, Carly Fiorina.
“Look at that face!” Trump exclaimed. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
[Image via Joshua Lott / Getty Images]