Donald Trump Jr. (Credit: Fox News)

Donald Trump Jr.: "There's something special" about my dad wanting to punch people exercising their First Amendment rights

My dad, Trump Jr. said, doesn't "pretend 'that's great, people are exercising their freedoms'"


Scott Eric Kaufman
February 24, 2016 8:01PM (UTC)

Donald Trump Jr. went on "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" last night and defended his father's violent vigilante fantasies, the Raw Story's Travis Gettys reported.

Van Susteren asked Trump Jr. about his father's recent claim that a man protesting him was "throwing punches, nasty as hell, screaming and everything else when we’re talking, and we’re talking out -- we’re not allowed, the guards are very gentle with him, he’s walking, like, big high fives, smiling, laughing -- I’d like to punch him in the face."

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Trump Jr. scion of unimaginable wealth and unspeakable privilege, replied that "I think that's the sentiment you'd see from the average person. They’re sick of being beat up, they’re sick of being pushed around by everyone, they’re sick of not having a voice anymore. That’s just something that’s unusual."

"If someone’s trying to break up some[one] doing a great thing, there’s 10,000 people in a room, watching an incredible event, and someone’s trying to heckle them, I think it’s a pretty natural response, and I think people love that he’s honest about that," he continued.

His father "doesn't pretend ‘That’s great, he’s exercising whatever it may be, his freedoms.’ He’s going to say it like it is, and that’s what’s resonating so well with the American people."

Van Susteren reminded Trump Jr. that a person doing that is, in fact, exercising his right to free speech, to which he replied, "I agree 100 percent, Greta, and there’s something special about being able to say, ‘I want to punch that person in the face.'"

Watch an excerpt from the interview below via YouTube.

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