Trump supporters — yes, the same crowd that attracts “White Power Rangers” in droves — finally had an opportunity to do what they all secretly want to do anyway: beat up a black guy. At a campaign event in Birmingham, Alabama, a city with a long history of racism, discrimination, and violence against minorities, an African-American man became too disruptive for Trump’s liking, so the billionaire screamed “Get him the hell out of here.”
According to CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond, at least a dozen Trump supporters eagerly responded to the call to action after the man refused to leave the event. The protester was thrown to the ground, punched, and kicked as he attempted to escape the attack. “All of the attendees who were involved in the physical altercation with the protester were white,” Diamond notes in a report on CNN.
But what did the man do to ignite such anger in Trump and his supporters? He expressed an opinion that is unpopular among them, Diamond notes:
The protester appeared to be shouting “black lives matter” and later removed his sweatshirt to reveal a shirt with those words.
At least one attendee shouted “all lives matter” as the protester was eventually led out by police officers on the scene.
Not a single person who attacked the protester was arrested, despite being caught on video violently beating him, but Birmingham Police Lt. Sean Edwards says that three people were asked to leave. Fortunately, the victim did not require medical attention.
After video of the attack surfaced, the Trump campaign released a statement, explaining that “the campaign does not condone this behavior.” Except that they do. Trump ordered his followers to attack someone, then stood by and watched as they did it. If that is not “condoning” something, then what is?
This is not the first time that Trump’s supporters have attacked someone. Last month, a pro-immigration protester was pulled to the ground by his collar and kicked as the crowd chanted “USA, USA, USA” and cheered. The man who eventually dragged the protester out was not a campaign staffer or employee of the venue, but rather just some guy. At one point during his speech, Trump threatened to get “violent” with protesters himself.
Watch Trump’s supporters gang-attack someone for expressing an opinion, below:
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.