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Trump Promises To Act More Presidential, Threatens To Punch Protester

Donald TrumpDonald Trump at a rally in Nevada (source: Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Donald Trump said he loved the “old days” when you could rough up someone who was acting up during events like his.

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign continues down an unorthodox pathway just hours before the Nevada caucus.

A day after promising to act presidential “soon,” the Republican frontrunner told a crowd during a Las Vegas rally that he wanted to punch a protester in the face.

“There’s a guy, totally disruptive, throwing punches — we’re not allowed to punch back anymore,” the real estate mogul said. “I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out in a stretcher.”

“I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you.”

This is not the first time the bombastic billionaire has spoken of roughing up protesters or threatening people who disagreed with him.

Last fall, a Black Lives Matter activist was accosted at a rally in Alabama. Trump did not denounce the attack, but instead insinuated the protester should be assaulted.

“Maybe he should have been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing,” Trump later told Fox News. “I have a lot of fans, and they were not happy about it. And this was a very obnoxious guy who was a troublemaker who was looking to make trouble.”

Prior to the rally, while appearing on Fox News Sunday, Trump admitted he probably should act more presidential as the frontrunner for the Republican Party.

“I mean, I can act as presidential as anybody that’s ever been president other than the great Abraham Lincoln. I thought he was hard to beat,” he said.

“So when are you going start?” host Chris Wallace asked.

“Well, pretty soon,” Trump said. “But — you know — don’t forget, we started off with 17 people. I’ve been hit from — you know — 97 different angles. Now, we’re down to I guess five (candidates). And we’ll see what happens. But I think — yes —I think I’ll be very presidential at the appropriate time. Right now, I’m fighting for my life.”

Prior to the verbal accusation to punch a protester, Trump ordered security guard to evacuate a veteran who was holding a sign that said “Veterans to Mr. Trump: End hate speech against Muslims.”

“Get him the hell out,” the billionaire said.

Justin Shimko

Justin Shimko is an award-winning writer and political analyst. He began as a reporter in his college days at the University of Oklahoma, writing for The Oklahoma Daily (rated as one of the best collegiate newspapers in the nation) and The Oklahoman, the statewide newspaper, winning awards from the CSPA and the Society of Professional Journalists. He later moved on to research and writing work for a number of political campaigns. His email is [email protected]

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Justin Shimko
Justin Shimko is an award-winning writer and political analyst. He began as a reporter in his college days at the University of Oklahoma, writing for The Oklahoma Daily (rated as one of the best collegiate newspapers in the nation) and The Oklahoman, the statewide newspaper, winning awards from the CSPA and the Society of Professional Journalists. He later moved on to research and writing work for a number of political campaigns. His email is [email protected]
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