Over the past several months, campaign rallies for presidential candidate Donald Trump have turned violent on multiple occasions. Although the doughy Republican frontrunner now says that he doesn’t condone violence at his rallies, there have been plenty of times where he has encouraged his supporters to behave violently. In the past, Trump has said that protesters “should have been roughed up,” he has encouraged supporters to “knock the crap” out of hecklers, and he has talked about the good old days when it was acceptable to beat up protesters to the point where they had to be carried out in stretchers.
Given this, it’s not surprising that Trump rallies often descend into orgies of mayhem. Below are some videos showing the times when Trump’s campaign events have turned violent.
Here’s a video of a Trump supporter dragging a protester to the ground:
Here are some Trump supporters yelling at two completely peaceful protesters. At one point, a Trump supporter puts one of the protesters into a headlock and tries dragging him out of the arena:
Here’s a Trump supporter sucker punching a protester as he’s being escorted out of the building:
This Trump supporter decided it would be cool to spit in a protester’s face:
And these are just some of the incidents that have been caught on camera. Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields this week was trying to ask Trump a question after a rally when multiple witnesses say Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski grabbed her by the arm and tried to pull her to the ground. Here are the photos she posted of the resulting bruises:
— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) March 10, 2016
So did Trump fire his campaign manager or at least apologize to this reporter? Of course not! He accused her of making the whole thing up.
I should note at this point that Breitbart is the most pro-Trump conservative news site on the planet. If this is how Trump treats the people who work for them, I cannot imagine how he’ll treat journalists who are actually adversarial.