Donald Trump held one of his massive rallies yesterday in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Video has surfaced of a white Trump supporter punching a black protester who was being escorted out of the facility in the face:
After, the protester (Rakeem Jones) who was punched is the one who got pushed to the ground by authorities. The man who assaulted Jones has been charged with assault.
Anyone who’s been paying attention will know this isn’t new. Here’s one of a black protester being beaten at a Trump rally (skip to 1:20 for video):
Here’s one of a woman being assaulted in Kentucky:
And here’s one from a rally in Alabama:
It’d be one thing if Trump was really vocal about denouncing this kind of stuff, but he isn’t. In fact, he encourages it:
Yup. That’s your Republican frontrunner recalling the good old days where protesters weren’t escorted, but carried out on stretchers. That’s your Republican frontrunner saying he’d like to punch the guy in the face. And the crowd loves it.
And you know what? Even people within the Trump campaign apparently can’t hold themselves back any longer:
Trump campaign manager gets rough with Breitbart reporter
Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski forcibly yanked Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields out of the way after his press conference in Florida on Tuesday night.
Fields was attempting to ask Trump a question as he exited the press conference. Secret Service was starting to clear a path, when Fields was forcibly grabbed on her arm by Lewandowski, moving her out of the way and nearly bringing her down to the ground, a source who witnessed the situation told POLITICO.
Fields was clearly roughed up by the move, the witness said.
The Trump campaign denied this, and Breitbart sided more with Trump than their own reporter, who posted this picture once she became aware of the campaign’s denial:
What’s worse is that that kind of violence, that kind of crude energy is overtaking other parts of the GOP. Here are some Rubio supporters getting rough with protesters at an event:
The crowd at the March 3 GOP debate was rowdier than usual, with incredibly loud and prolonged boos and cheers, smatterings of heckling, and people aping and waving at the camera when they realized they were on TV:
I shouldn’t have to explain why any of this is bad, and if you’re the kind of person who thinks those protesters got what they deserved, then you’re part of the problem.
It doesn’t matter if Trump becomes ‘more Presidential’ as the race goes on. He’s opened up the can of worms that was already trying to get out, and now the GOP has to figure a way to get them back in. Good luck.