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Posted 11/24/15 , edited 11/24/15

Donald Trump suggested Sunday the half-dozen white attendees at his campaign rally on Saturday may have reacted appropriately when they shoved, tackled, punched and kicked a black protester who disrupted his speech.

"Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing," Trump said Sunday morning on Fox News, less than 24 hours after his campaign said it "does not condone" the physical altercation.

Trump was not asked by the Fox News hosts about the comments made by his campaign.

The protester, 31-year-old Black Lives Matter activist Mercutio Southall, said the attendees who attacked him also called him and two fellow protestors "monkeys" and the N-word. He told CNN he was "swarmed" by attendees at the Trump event after he and the others began chanting "Dump the Trump" and "Black Lives Matter" during the Republican front-runner's speech to several thousand supporters.

The slurs cannot be heard on the video CNN recorded of the incident, and the network was unable to independently confirm them.

Trump had warned in August after Black Lives Matter activists disrupted a Bernie Sanders campaign event that if the movement's activists protested one of his events, they would have a fight on their hands.

"That will never happen with me," Trump said after Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, let Black Lives Matter activists take over one of his events.

"I don't know if I'll do the fighting myself, or if other people will," Trump said then.

As Southall took blows on Saturday, Trump tried to press on with his stump speech, but paused to remark at the apparent disruption and said, "Get 'em the hell out of here."

Southall, who said his grandparents crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, compared the experience to facing a "lynch mob."

"I got punched in the face, I got punched in the neck. I got kicked in the chest. Kicked in the stomach. Somebody stepped on my hand," Southall said, describing his injuries in a phone call with CNN late Saturday.

Southall said the man in a blue-checkered shirt who appears to take a fighting stance in CNN's video of the altercation also choked him while he was on the ground. Southall said the choking only stopped when he punched the man in the groin.

A woman in the video can be heard shouting, "Don't choke him, don't choke him, don't choke him."

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/22/politics/donald-trump-black-lives-matter-protester-confrontation/

A video of it is available on the site.

For reference, this is not the first time something like this has happened. A Latino protester was thrown to the ground and forcefully dragged out by a civilian, a homeless man was brutally assaulted by two alleged Trump supporters, and protesters weren't received well at a previous rally either. This isn't an isolated incident -- Trump has inspired acts of violence and unrest before and, as indicated by this recent event, he continues to do so. Free speech and protest are met with violence and Trump defends the actions of the perpetrators. He remarks on their "passion" or how the protesters "deserved it." Instead of the authorities or security handling situations where rallies are disrupted, supporters throw the dissidents to the ground; they scream and shout them down, drag them out against their will, and attack them in order to keep their voices silent.

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Posted 11/24/15
Lol, whites calling people monkeys.
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These "Black Lives Matter" activists really do sound like a group of assholes judging by these actions.

Being a group of assholes isn't a license for people to beat them up though.
Posted 11/24/15
I agree that they shouldn't have been beaten up.. But why would they try to disrupt a campaign rally..?
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Posted 11/24/15

thestars201 wrote:

I agree that they shouldn't have been beaten up.. But why would they try to disrupt a campaign rally..?



Southall and two other activists, including Carlos Havers of the National Action Network, entered the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex with tickets to Trump's rally after police outside the event moved their planned protest with a dozen other activists away from the entrance to the campaign event.

The plan, Southall and Havers said, was to protest the rhetoric Trump engages in on the campaign trail -- rhetoric that the two believe incited the violence they faced on Saturday.

"When you have a candidate going around spewing hatred and racism, that's to be expected," Havers said of the physical altercation. "He was really inciting the entire thing."

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/22/politics/donald-trump-black-lives-matter-protester-confrontation/
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Posted 11/24/15
Oh man, another one of those 'extremists vs (potenitally) extremists' combats. I know I'm losing my compassion, but I feel like equilibrium is being disturbed.

I am starting to feel the same way about BLM people that I feel about feminists, which is this: I agreed with their stance of empowerment when I felt that they were oppressed and discriminated against. I now feel that their motives are questionable as they begin to push the boundary between getting equal and getting too much.

That being said, I don't think that violence is acceptable due punishment for the things they were doing. However, I do not think that a candidate's platform and speech is the place to start a chant or stage a takeover, they should just vote for the things that they want. I know that people just want to be treated fairly, and I completely agree that they have the right to raise a fuss over things that really upset them. However, you have to raise a fuss in the right way, because if you don't you're not doing proper protesting. Feel like there were errors on both sides.
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Black lives matter assaulted Donald Trump's rally! Black lives matter is like a terrorist group. They promote killing cops and violence. Donald Trump dealt with the situation correctly. Donald Trump is absolutely right about this Black Lives Matter movement.
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Yup they have been like that for a while now these Black Lives Matter people...
first of all the groupes name/label is just so wrong in the first place being "oh well black lives matter too!" in a crash where only whites died etc, and gets support for saying basicly "don't feel sorry for that trash the black lives by cops matter the most" then also gets back to how many dies other places by cops or exections.

Sargon - This Week in Stupid (22/11/2015)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj7t1vJ2bVw
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Posted 11/24/15
I was interested until it said he was a part of that black lives matter BS. I was ok with the BLM thing until some of them got furious when someone tried to say all lives matter.

Oh well, they shouldn't have been assaulted in any way but they also shouldn't have been there. Protesting a campaign like that makes no sense. They should just protest through votes instead otherwise all they are going to do is put the spotlight back on Trump which makes him thrilled.
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Posted 11/24/15
He got moshed mashed meshed.
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Posted 11/24/15
He's not getting elected so who cares. None of the candidates seem to be good this time around anyways.
Posted 11/24/15
I thought the purpose of protests was to disrupt. Or at least ideally that's what you want to do.
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what DONT people understand about what BLM is about???? like wtf why dont people get it?? lol im not black but i understand it completely...
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Posted 11/24/15

Magical-Soul wrote:

Lol, whites calling people monkeys.


Well what else do you call a monkey besides a monkey? Your a half-cat half-monkey judging by your profile pic.
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Posted 11/24/15
It's just Trump encouraging hatred and telling people to be violent towards non-violent people. Nothing new here.

If the protesters were expecting some resistance, they probably should've reconsidered going there. But it also goes to show just how brainwashed Trump supporters are if they're willing to beat up anyone who disagrees with their fuhrer.
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