Donald trump had a rally in North Carolina tonight, and, as is to be expected, he jumped all over Hillary Clinton for her "basket of deplorables" comment about some of his supporters.
But here is the thing: in the middle of his tirade, one of his deplorables almost choked the life out of a supporter while the mob cheered on.
"But even as Trump defended his backers, one lashed out at protesters in the hall by appearing to punch and slap them. Trump talked through the scuffle.
While my opponent calls you deplorable and irredeemable," he said in Asheville, North Carolina, "I call you hard-working American patriots who love their country and want a better future for all our people."
But his rally was interrupted several times by demonstrators and, at one moment, brief violence. As several protesters were being escorted out by security, a man in the crowd grabbed a male protester around the neck and then punched him. He then slapped at a woman being led out. The Trump supporter was not ejected by security.
The celebrity businessman talked through the scuffle but cracked after the disturbance: "Is there any place more fun than a Trump rally?"
No stranger to making his own sweeping negative characterizations of large groups of people, Trump nonetheless deployed Clinton's remark as the foundation for a new campaign theme. The message: Clinton is divisive, while Trump is the only candidate representing "all Americans."
It's amazing to me that he can accuse Clinton of "dividing" the country when he has attempted to deligitimize the first African American president by carrying out a well funded campaign to prove that he was not born in this country. That alone is disqualifying from where I sit. But to make matters worse, he has refused to apologize to the president or to the millions of African Americans he offended.
Until he looks us in the eye and formally apologizes to the president, every African American in this country should seriously look the other way when this man comes supplicating for our votes.
Trump's people like to counter that Hillary's people started the birther conspiracy-- which might or might not be true-- but I think it's safe to say that Mr trump used it to launch his career into right-wingnut land, and to gain the love and adoration of every deplorable in this country.
"I have people that have been studying it and they cannot believe what they're finding," Trump said an interview that aired Thursday Morning.
Asked if he has assigned people specifically to search in Hawaii, Trump said, "Absolutely."
The business mogul, who in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll is tied for second place among potential presidential candidates, also suggested the president is involved in an ongoing cover-up over the matter.
"He spent $2 million in legal fees trying on to get away from this issue, and if it weren't an issue, why wouldn't he just solve it?" he said. "I wish he would because if he doesn't, it's one of the greatest scams in the history of politics and in the history, period. You are not allowed to be a president if you're not born in this country. Right now, I have real doubts." [Source]
Donald, we are watching the "greatest scam in the history of politics" play out before our eyes. And guess what, it has nothing to do with Barack Obama.
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