Donald Trump Threatens Man Who Protested Las Vegas Speech: 'I'd Like to Punch Him in the Face'
[BRIGHTCOVE “20965437” “” “peoplenow” “auto” ]Donald Trump wants to go back to the “old days.”
As a protestor was escorted out during Trump’s rally on Monday night in Las Vegas, Trump shared his belief that protestors should be handled more roughly, NBC News reports.
“Oh, I love the old days, you know?” he said. “You know what I hate? There’s a guy, totally disruptive, throwing punches – we’re not allowed to punch back anymore. 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, folks. It’s true.”
Trump, 69, noted that the guards escorting the man out were being “very gentle with him,” and added that, “I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you.”
Trump also addressed another of the rally’s protestors, a man who was carrying a sign that read, “Veterans to Trump: End Hate Speech Against Muslims.”
“Get him the hell out,” Trump repeated as the crowd booed the man, according to The New York Times.
The presidential candidate has previously spoken out about taking a more hands-on approach to removing protestors from rallies and other events. After a Black Lives Matter protestor was punched and kicked by Trump supporters at a rally in the fall, Trump commented that “maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”
Trump was rallying in Las Vegas ahead of Tuesday’s GOP caucuses in Nevada. According to statewide polls, Trump has a double-digit lead over both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, his closest competitors, in the state, RealClearPolitics reports. At the Democratic caucuses in Nevada on Saturday, Hillary Clinton was named the winner with 53 percent of the vote.