Another day, another Trump rally. This time a Sunday in Muscatine, Iowa, as Trump tries to hold on to his lead in that state. If it’s a Trump rally, there will be protesters. This time, it was two men, one of whom was wearing a turban.
Prior to Trump’s speech, the crowd was advised not to attack any protesters but, instead, to shout Trump’s name. Trump was on one of his anti-Islam jeremiads, pandering to the xenophobic crowd, talking about 9/11 and San Bernardino:
We have radical Islamic terror going on all over the place, all over the world, and we have a president that won’t say it. When planes fly into the World Trade Center, and into the Pentagon, and wherever the third plane was going. When people are shooting their friends in California, when they’re shooting their friends —
At this point, the chant of, “Trump! Trump!” stopped the Donald as the two dissidents unfurled a banner that read, “STOP HATE.” Almost immediately, the men were escorted out of the auditorium. One of the men was wearing a red turban which, as any informed person would know, marked him as a Sikh. As if that mattered to either Trump or the crowd: to them, all brown men are suspect.
As the men left, Trump waved and told them, “Bye-bye.” But Trump wasn’t done milking the moment in his favor. He asked:
He wasn’t wearing one of those hats, was he? Was he wearing one of those?
It is still not entirely clear whether Trump meant the turban or one of those tacky “Make America Great Again” monstrosities. Probably the latter, as Trump continued:
And he never will. And he never will. And that’s OK, but you know we’ve got to do something folks cause it’s not working.
What’s “not working” is Trump’s treatment of protesters at his rallies. His childish insistence upon only supporters at his gatherings is not the behavior of someone who should be commander-in-chief. Even silent protesters, like the two men on Sunday and the Muslim woman who simply stood silently at a rally, get ejected as Trump and the crowd shout at and deride them. Trump seems to be threatened by anyone who doesn’t worship the ground he walks on. Again, that’s not presidential material.
Watch the video posted on Twitter via MSNBC, here:
"He wasn't wearing one of those hats, was he?" Trump asks after men, one in a turban, interrupt rally https://t.co/2NJWSyGUhm
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 24, 2016
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