Donald Trump was at it again Monday night, when he hit out at a vocal protester at the rally before the Nevada caucus. The protester was removed from the rally for a sign which read, “Veterans to Trump: End hate speech against Muslims.”
As the protester was removed from the rally, Trump commented: “The guards are being very gentle with him. I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you that.”
He then accussed the protester of physically assaulting his security staff, but the staff in question later spoke to POLITICO to deny this. According to one security who didn’t want to be named, Trump “was just over-exaggerating”.
At the time, however, Trump lamented over the passing of the “old days” when protesters like that would have been treated with violence.
“We’re not allowed to punch back any more. You know what they used to do to a guy like that in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks.”
Trump made a token effort to say to his supporters that protesters such as them shouldn’t be hurt, but made several implications that they should be treated more roughly.