Republican presidential contender Donald Trump thinks the Black Lives Matter protester who disrupted his Birmingham campaign rally last Saturday should have been “roughed up,”, defending the assault that his “passionate” supporters had done to the protester.
In a video of the recent altercation, Black Lives Matter veteran protester Mercutio Southall, Jr. is seen being taken away by security personnel after attendees attacked him. As the brawl went on, Donald Trump can be heard ordering the people to “get him the hell out of here.”
Setting the issue straight, Donald Trump spoke with the hosts on Fox News and called the protester “obnoxious.”
“The man that you say was, I don’t know, you said roughed up — he was so obnoxious and screaming,” the GOP 2016 Presidential candidate told the hosts.
Donald Trump Defends His Supporters’ Actions
Trump said the Black Lives Matter protester came to the event of 10,000 attendees, where he immediately started yelling and making a scene. He told the Fox News hosts that what the protester was doing was “absolutely disgusting.” The business tycoon also added his fans that came to hear his campaign were not happy about the incident. He added that Southall was a “troublemaker” looking to make trouble.
Video clips from CNN show the activist being punched until he fell on the ground and got kicked by a group of avid Donald Trump supporters. The video also shows Southall being choked by one of the attendees. Security officers escorted him outside the venue while some supporters can be heard yelling “all lives matter” as the black protester was being taken away by cops.
Southall claims that he was not only physically abused, but that he was also called “monkey” and “n****r” by some white guys at the rally, although his claims of receiving racial slurs could not be confirmed by the video footage.
“Black Lives Matter” Protester Assaulted At Donald Trump Rally
“When I wake up in the morning, I pretty much expect trouble. We’re not the n****s from the ’60s. I believe in defending myself, defending my people and sticking up for my people,” Southall said.
The fight started when he and his fellow black protester started recording the event on video and one attendee knocked the camera phone out of the other protester’s hand. They were then shoved and punched from different directions.
The Black Lives Matter activist, who has reportedly had run-ins with authorities for fighting unfair treatment of black people, said it seemed like Trump was defending his supporters’ actions.
Donald Trump’s interview on Sunday showed a change in his treatment of activists who try to disrupt his campaigns. He used to be cautious of dealing with aggressive demonstrators. During his rally in Miami last month, the GOP candidate told his supporters to not hurt the activists. “You can get ’em out, but don’t hurt ’em,” he said.
No one was arrested according to the Birmingham police and that Southall was not seriously injured after the brawl.
The presidential candidate is known for making controversial statements on immigration issues and his words have fueled racial tensions. Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and Trump’s rival criticized the Republican frontrunner’s comments that Islam is instilling fear in people.
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The dispute on Saturday took place in Birmingham the center of civil rights struggle in the ’60s. Majority of the residents were black but most of the attendees were white. Donald Trump was talking about his idea of setting up surveillance of mosques.
He said that the Paris attacks by the Islamic State and the September 11 attacks are enough reasons to do thorough background checks on Muslims that come and stay in the U.S.
Donald Trump Wants To “Surveil” Muslim Refugees
The business mogul said he wants surveillance of Syrian refugees. “I want surveillance of these people that are coming in. The Trojan horse. I want know who the hell they are.” He also added that if he wins the elections, he will send the refugees back.
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