Donald Trump says he believes a black lives matter protester who interrupted his campaign earlier in the week deserved to be “roughed up” by Trump supporters.
During a Sunday-morning interview Trump expressed support for his rabid followers, who reportedly punched and kicked a heckler the day before at a presidential-campaign rally.
Trump’s interviewer asked if the man deserved to be “roughed up,” and Trump said, “I don’t know. Rough up? Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”
Trump then referred to the heckler as “obnoxious.”
“The man that was — I don’t know, you say ‘roughed up’ — he was so obnoxious and so loud. He was screaming. I had 10,000 people in the room yesterday — 10,000 people. And this guy started screaming by himself,” Trump said.
“I have lot of fans and they were not happy about it. And this was a very obnoxious guy, who was a troublemaker who was looking to make trouble,” he continued.
CNN reported that the man, wearing a black lives matter t-shirt, was “punched and kicked” by attendees and was removed from the campaign event for heckling the candidate.
“At least a half-dozen attendees shoved and tackled the protester, a black man, to the ground as he refused to leave the event. At least one man punched the protester and a woman kicked him while he was on the ground,” the network reported.
Trump thought he deserved to be roughed up, but a campaign spokesperson for Donald Trump said the campaign does not condone violence of any kind.