Donald Trump was seemingly taken out of context by the mainstream media after a turban-wearing protester was thrown out of a campaign rally in Iowa Jan. 24.
The man interrupted Trump’s speech by waving a white flag with the phrase, “Stop hate,” during parts that referenced terrorism and extremist Muslim violence.
“When planes fly into the World Trade Center and into the Pentagon and wherever the third plane was going,” Trump said. “When people are shooting their friends in California ..."
Trump then instructed security to escort the man from the rally, repeating the phrase “bye bye” several times. The audience erupted in applause and cheers of “U.S.A.”
As the real estate mogul quieted the audience down, he continued to comment on the protester.
“He wasn't wearing one of these hats, was he?” Trump asked while pointing to a supporter wearing one of his red Make America Great Again hats. “And he never will.”
Many news outlets reported that Trump was referring to the man’s turban — commonly worn by both Muslim and Sikh men — when using the word “hat," Mediaite notes. Video later clarified that he was referring to his campaign hats.
Watch a video of the incident below.