Two brothers in Boston allegedly beat and urinated on a Hispanic homeless man. Their reason? Donald Trump.
The billionaire GOP front-runner condemned the violence committed in his name on Twitter.
Boston incident is terrible. We need energy and passion, but we must treat each other with respect. I would never condone violence.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2015
Still, the story has quickly taken hold on major news outlets.
According to CNN, the two brothers — Scott Leader, 38, and Steve Leader, 30 — were returning home from a Red Sox game when they found the man sleeping in a Boston train station.
They beat the homeless man with a metal pipe and then urinated on him. During the assault they reported said, “Donald Trump was right.”
“All these illegals need to be deported.”
Then they walked away laughing. Police later found the accused assailants with the help of witnesses and arrested them.
When asked why they committed the assault, Scott Leader said it was because he was “homeless,” “Hispanic,” and an “illegal immigrant.”
Donald Trump has become the Republican front runner for the party’s nomination in 2016, in part because of his controversial statements on immigration. During his campaign kick-off event he called some immigrants crossing the border in America “rapists.”
He’s also proposed building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico (paid for by the Mexican government), deporting large numbers of undocumented immigrants and revoking citizenship for children born to undocumented immigrants in America (likely changing the 14th amendment of the Constitution).
When a journalist told Donald about the Boston incident, he said he didn’t know anything about it yet, but called it a “shame.”
Then added, “I will say, the people that are following me are very passionate. They love this country, they want this country to be great again.”
The quote led to media outrage with the Huffington Post saying Trump “implied that two brothers who allegedly attacked a Hispanic man were ‘passionate’ after he heard of the crime.”
It turned out the homeless man was not an undocumented immigrant. According to the New York Daily News, he is from Mexico, but has a social security number on the police report, meaning that he is most likely an authorized worker.
The Leader brothers have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, which include assault with a dangerous weapon, making threats, and indecent exposure. Boston.com reports they continued to urinate, bang on doors and make derogatory comments toward immigrants after being arrested.
The homeless man was rushed to the hospital with a broken nose and severe bruises on the area around his ribs after being beaten. Donald Trump’s most recent rally took place in Alabama and attracted around 30,000 people.
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