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"There used to be consequences": Trump complains protesters aren't dealt with more forcefully at St. Louis rally where Black Lives Matter activists are arrested

“Part of the problem and part of the reason it takes so long [to kick them out] is nobody wants to hurt each other"


Sophia Tesfaye
March 12, 2016 3:18AM (UTC)

Amid controversy surrounding violence at campaign events from supporters and even top campaign officials, Donald Trump took his clown show to St. Louis, a mere 12 minutes away from Ferguson, Missouri, where he waxed nostalgic for an unknown time when citizens expressing their 1st Amendment right to protest were met with "consequences."

Unveiling his latest endorsement from right-wing icon Phyllis Schlafly, who recently called for a ban on foreign players in Major League Baseball because they are taking "positions that should have gone to American players," Trump found himself, again, facing a seemingly endless stream of interruptions and protests from some inside the Peabody Opera House.

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The scene outside was much worse:

Inside, Trump complained to the crowd of 3,000 that “part of the problem and part of the reason it takes so long [to kick protesters out] is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore.”

"There used to be consequences. There are none anymore,” he said. “These people are so bad for our country. You have no idea folks, you have no idea.”

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As protestors continued to interrupt him, Trump hit harder: "They contribute nothing. Nothing. And look at the police, they take their lives in their hands."

"We don't even win here with protesters anymore," he complained.

"The protesters end up taking over. And frankly, I mean, have to be honest: From my standpoint it makes it a little more exciting, and it gives me time to think about where I want to go next. It's beautiful. It's like intermission. And the guys that are near the event, they see some pretty good stuff."

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“Get him out,” Trump said as a protester was pulled out by police. “Go home to mommy.”

Meanwhile, outside...


Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's Deputy Politics Editor and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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