Young Black woman repeatedly assaulted at a Donald Trump rally
UPDATE (5am): We have now determined that many of the men assaulting this young girl, a teenager, are open white supremacists who have been clearly idenfitied [sic] members of hate groups and Neo-Nazi organizations. I have an article coming out on them shortly. Full story @: http://nydn.us/1T7vFgh-----Excuse my language, but I am fucking furious. Blood boiling. This is in Louisville at an official Donald Trump rally. This young peaceful Black woman, reportedly a teenager, is shoved and pushed and repeatedly assaulted by grown white men at a Donald J. Trump rally. Police looked on as this happened. White women, like they did with Little Rock 9 and others, screamed in her face with hate in their eyes. Men cussed her out and yelled right in her face as they pushed her to and fro and repeatedly put their hands on her.Posted by Shaun King on Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Donald Trump is getting what he wished for: Protesters at his rallies are getting "roughed up."
In the video posted by New York Daily News columnist Shaun King, Trump supporters push and shove a black protester out of a rally in Louisville, Kentucky. The woman is visibly angry at some points, seemingly calling on others to stop. Yet Trump's backers continue shoving her anyway.
The reporter in the video, Christina Mora of local news station WLKY, later confirmed on Twitter that the woman was okay, although "processing what happened."
I spoke with the woman in the video, who is seen shoved out of a #Trump rally. She says she's okay, processing what happened.— Christina Mora (@ChristinaWLKY) March 2, 2016
Under normal circumstances, it may be unfair to blame Trump for any of this. After all, he can't control what his supporters do.
But Trump has condoned and called for this behavior in the past:
- When two Boston men assaulted a homeless Mexican man while citing Trump's name, Trump didn't condemn the behavior, instead saying his supporters are "passionate."
- After a protest interrupted a Trump rally in November, he said that the protester was "so obnoxious and so loud" that "maybe he should have been roughed up."
- During another protest at a Trump rally in February, Trump said, "There's a guy, totally disruptive, throwing out punches, and we aren't allowed to punch back anymore. I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They used to carry them out in a stretcher."
Crowds of Trump supporters have generally cheered when he makes comments like this. Now, some of them are doing his bidding — and actually assaulting other people.