A Black Lives Matter protester was kicked, punched and thrown out of a Donald Trump rally.
As supporters of the Republican Presidential canditate Donald Trump threw the man to the ground and started kicking him, Trump shouted at the protester: ‘Get the hell out of here!’
As Trump called for more surveillance on Muslims he also noted an observation he had made during the 9/11 attacks in New York in 2001. He believes the 9/11 attacks were cheered by thousands of people at the time he witnessed the fall of the World Trade Centre. “Thousands of people were cheering. So something’s going on.” Trump strongly suspects that American Muslims had a hand in the 9/11 attacks.
The Daily Mail reports:
Video taken at the speech in Birmingham, Alabama, shows the black man shouting ‘black lives matter’ as Trump was speaking about how he would turn away Syrian refugees.
A mob of white Trump supporters are seen wrestling the demonstrator to the ground, throwing punches and kicking him as he struggles to escape their clutches.
In the background, Trump can be heard yelling, ‘get the hell out of here’ shortly before his security move in and drag the man out of the hall.
The billionaire could also be heard shouting ‘throw him out’ as he tried to continue with his speech in front of 3,000 people this afternoon.
The melee is believed to have started after the man took off his sweater to reveal a ‘Black Lives Matter’ shirt.
Footage taken by a CNN reporter shows the protester being thrown to the ground and kicked as some supporters appear to try to break up the scuffle.
Others are seen approaching the brawl to kick the man on the ground before walking away again.
Security eventually hauled the protester to his feet and dragged him away as he tried to resist and continued to shout.
Some Trump supporters were heard chanting ‘all lives matter’ as the protester was escorted away by police officers.
Birmingham Police Lieutenant Sean Edwards told CNN that three people were ejected from the rally after the assault, but that no one was arrested.
He added that the Black Lives Matter demonstrator did not need medical assistance.
Hope Hicks, spokeswoman for the Trump campaign, said ‘the campaign does not condone this behavior’, referring to the actions of those who attacked the protester.
Trump used his speech to push on with his plans to monitor Muslims, saying he wanted ‘surveillance of certain mosques’.
‘I want surveillance. And you know what? We’ve had it before, and we’ll have it again,’ he said.
He added that the recent terrorist attacks by ISIS in Paris, as well as his own personal experience during the September 11 attacks in New York, are enough reason for added scrutiny of Muslims.
‘I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down,’ Trump said.
‘And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering. So something’s going on. We’ve gotta find out what it is.’
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