Donald Trump has made it no secret he supports the disturbingly violent loyalty of his supporters. When fans beat up a Black Lives Matter protester in November, he nonchalantly shrugged and said, “Maybe he should’ve been roughed up.”
He proudly declared that he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue and not lose any voters. He laughed at the thought of ejecting a protester in Vermont out into the freezing winter with no coat: “You know it’s about ten degrees below zero outside,” he mused delightedly.
Thus, it should come as no surprise that he would actually encourage his supporters to actively attack protesters. Last week, a heroic protester attempted to throw a few tomatoes at Trump, which clearly did not sit well with the candidate.
At his final pre-caucus rally on Monday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he specifically told the crowd to watch out for such hecklers:
“There may be somebody with tomatoes in the audience. So if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Okay? Just knock the hell— I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise, I promise. It won’t be so much 'cause the courts agree with us too.”
Just to reiterate, Trump is not only inspiring his insane fanatics to “knock the crap” out of a relatively innocent heckler (not that they need further encouragement), but to do so with such force that there may be legal consequences.
Trump will most likely respond to any criticism with the notion that he was “joking,” but he’s made far too many such “jokes” throughout his campaign for his appalling comments to be considered even remotely humorous anymore.
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