A protester who interrupted Donald Trump at a rally in Birmingham, Alabama, on Saturday after yelling, "Black lives matter!" fell to the floor and was kicked and punched by attendees, according to video recorded by CNN. "Maybe he should have been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing," Trump told Fox News the next day.
The incident -- followed by Trump's comment -- quickly made news. But it wasn't the first time a Trump rally had gotten violent.
Protesters disrupted a Trump rally in the Miami suburb of Doral last month on three occasions. “The fourth group, I'll say, 'Get the hell out of here!'" Trump promised. One of the protesters had already been dragged out and kicked by a rally attendee.
Video recorded by WTVJ-NBC 6 showed the attendee grabbing Florida International University student Ariel Rojas by his shirt collar, then kicking him when Rojas was on the ground. Trump's campaign stressed the man was not a staffer or employee at Trump National Doral. But the campaign didn't condemn the attendee's actions, either.
Rojas later told reporters in an Oct. 26 conference call organized by the pro-immigration reform group America's Voice that the rally was his first event with a group called Students Working for Equal Rights in Miami. The standing-room only rally, he said, didn't help protect protesters.
"There's very little safety in there, especially if you're in the middle of the crowd," Rojas said, adding that he wasn't injured. "To me, the most important part is maintaining a level head, not engaging. Just be nice."
Photo credit: Al Diaz, Miami Herald staff