Donald Trump told the Black Lives Matter protestor to get “the hell out of here.”
A Black Lives Matter protester who disrupted a Donald Trump stump speech Saturday was beaten and kicked by supporters of the loud-mouth candidate.
The activist was shoved to the ground by attendees after he began chanting during a Trump campaign stop in Birmingham, Ala.
In a video of the incident, several people can be seen tackling the man and at least one man punches him and a woman kicks him while he is on the ground, CNN reported.
Campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN that “the campaign does not condone this behavior.”
Trump, without stopping his speech, dismissed the disruption.
“Get him the hell out of here!” the GOP presidential candidate said to cheers. “Throw him out.”
No arrests were made, according to Birmingham police.
A member of the real estate mogul’s staff who declined to be named told the Montgomery Advertiser that the protester was taunting Trump as the crowd around him became aggressive.
“The guy was being disruptive,” the staffer told the Advertiser. “He was doing the Black Lives Matter thing and saying other phrases that were really firing up the crowd around him. He was throwing his hands around almost punching.”
Trump has faced increasing backlash for his incendiary comments about immigrants, Syrian refugees and protesters on college campuses seeking civil rights action.
In his rambling speech Saturday, Trump addressed the idea of creating a database to track Muslims in the U.S., a suggestion that has garnered intense criticism.
Trump told the crowd that reports on his previous statements were inaccurate.
“I do want surveillance. I will absolutely take database on the people coming in from Syria if we can’t stop it, but we’re going to,” he said.
A protester is removed by security as Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop in Birmingham, Ala.
Trump also voiced support for additional surveillance, both of arriving refugees and certain mosques.
“So here’s the story just to set it clear: I want surveillance of these people. I want surveillance if we have to and I don’t care,” he said. “I want surveillance of certain mosques, OK. If that’s OK? I want surveillance. And you know what? We’ve had it before and we’ll have it again.”
Saturday was the second time in three days that a Trump rally was interrupted by a protester.
On Thursday, two men were ejected and one was arrested at a stop in Worcester, Mass.
One of the men, Peter Rondon, 29, was cuffed after screaming, “Trump’s a racist.”
Rondon served a year in prison after being convicted of leaving a bomb at a Worchester recruiting center 2005.
The other protester was booted after yelling at Trump for vowing to cut food stamps.
Trump even referenced that incident during his speech Saturday, saying that a “seriously obese” man was escorted out of an event earlier in the week.
“The other night I had one guy who was seriously obese,” Trump said. “He complained when I mentioned food stamps, and the guy went crazy and said that wasn’t politically correct. Who cares?”
Video of Saturday’s incident shows the man being escorted out of the hall by security. As he was led away the man shouted, “F–k Donald Trump,” his fist raised in the air with his middle finger extended.
Staffers defended the man’s removal.
“It was a safety issue,” the unnamed staffer told the Advertiser. “The guy was intentionally antagonizing the crowd.”