A rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was interrupted by a protester on March 4 in Warren, Michigan, prompting the billionaire to tell his audience that he would defend them if they hurt the protester (video below).
“Get him out," Trump shouted, according to Associated Press. "Try not to hurt him. If you do I’ll defend you in court, don't worry about it.”
Trump went on to recall how some of his supporters beat up a protester at a previous rally.
We had one guy, in New Hampshire actually, who was a rough guy. And he was swinging and swinging and punching and he was really going down for the count. We had a couple of people in the audience, who were equally rough, and they took him out.
No, they took him out. And I'll tell you what, it was really amazing to watch. You know, this was seriously a tough cookie. The guy looked like an NFL football player. We had four guys, they jumped on him.
They were swinging and swinging. The next day we got killed in the press, that we were too rough. Give me a break. We don't want to be too politically correct anymore, right folks? No, it's very unfair.
They're allowed to swing and punch the hell out of people, but if we get a little bit rough and taking them out, oh we're terrible people, that's the way it is. It's one of the many reasons our country is going to hell.
Police are reportedly investigating some possible assaults by Trump supporters at a rally in Louisville, Kentucky.
Trump announced on March 4 that he would not be attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington D.C. during that weekend.
In response, CPAC tweeted: "Very disappointed @realDonaldTrump has decided at the last minute to drop out of #CPAC — his choice sends a clear message to conservatives."
“He really doesn’t belong at a conservative gathering,” Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said, reported AP. “Donald Trump is not a conservative.”
POLITICO reported that Rubio only recently accepted his invitation to speak at CPAC, and Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich of Ohio originally declined to speak at the convention, but will be speaking now.
There have also been conservatives who have opposed Trump speaking at CPAC because the billionaire has donated money to the American Conservative Union, which puts on the conference.