During a campaign rally on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump seemingly became critical at a security guard for the way in which he removed a protester from the event.
Trump was speaking about the inspector general’s report that had been released earlier in the day, which stated the FBI had not acted in a politically biased way when it had investigated a campaign aide of his in the 2016 presidential campaign, when the crowd suddenly started booing, reacting to a protester who had appeared.
“Get her out,” Trump said when that happened. He mulled about onstage for a seconds, before shouting out “Get her out!” a second time.
Trump then launched into a critique of the security guard, who escorted the woman in a way to ensure his arms wouldn’t inappropriately touch her.
“See, these guys want to be so politically correct,” Trump said. “Law enforcement is so great. That particular guy wanted to be politically correct.”
Must see TV!! A female protester interrupted Trump’s Rally. Security was removing her calmly but not fast enough for Trump. Watch him get super pissed that she wasn’t removed fast enough and then criticize his own security, ending with we shouldn’t be so PC. #TrumpRallyHershey pic.twitter.com/NbZc5b3lAP
— Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) December 11, 2019
Trump then motioned his hands to imitate (in an exaggerated manner) the guard who tried to not touch her.
“We don’t want to be politically correct. I don’t know who he was, he didn’t do the greatest job,” Trump added.
Many times in the past, Trump has encouraged violence toward protesters who arrive at his rally. In 2016, at an event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Trump claimed he was told some protesters had brought in tomatoes to try and throw at him.
“So if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you?” Trump told his reporters back then. “Seriously. Just knock the hell…I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise. I promise.”
Trump has also been outspoken about the rights of protesters elsewhere. When protesters spoke out against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, the president suggested he was less than empathetic toward citizens’ First Amendment rights.
“I don’t know why they don’t take care of a situation like that. I think it’s embarrassing for the country to allow protesters,” Trump said.