Republican frontrunner Donald Trump was miffed when his rally staged in St. Louis was disrupted by angry protesters who were mainly of black origin.
Police said 31 people were arrested and charged with general peace disturbance and one person arrested outside the event was charged with third-degree assault.
A defiant Trump taunted the protesters from the stage at the city’s Peabody Opera House, even as he promised that police and security would be “gentle” as they removed them.
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“They’re allowed to get up and interrupt us horribly and we have to be very, very gentle,” Trump said in response to one of the interruptions. “They can swing and hit people, but if we hit them back, it’s a terrible, terrible thing, right?”
He panned the protesters as weak “troublemakers,” ordered them to “go home to mommy” or “go home and get a job” because “they contribute nothing.”
Trump who has a huge deficit among nonwhite voters has been faced with intensifying criticism for violent clashes between supporters and protesters at his rallies in recent times.
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