Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stirred controversy for allegedly calling out and ejecting a turban-donning protester, until later reports revealed this might not have been the case.
“He wasn't wearing one of those hats, was he?” Trump said before security escorted the man out, according to the Daily Mail. "Was he wearing one of those things? And he never will, and that's OK, because we got to do something folks, because it's not working."
By “those hats,” however, Trump might not have been talking about the turban, which is worn by many Sikhs and some Muslims. He could have instead been referring to the red “Make America Great Again" hats often worn at rallies, Mediaite reports.
Trump’s campaign has not yet commented on the incident.
Other protesters, who were not wearing turbans that day, were kicked out of the rally as well.
Trump abruptly stopped a speech about terrorist attacks due to loud chanting from the audience.
"We have radical Islamic terror going on all over the place, all over the world, and we have a president that won't say it," Trump said. "When planes fly into the World Trade Center, and into the Pentagon, and wherever the third plane was going. When people are shooting their friends in California, when they're shooting their friends --"
As the applause grew loud and Trump stopped speaking, the man wearing the turban stood up with a "Stop Hate" sign.
“Bye. Bye. Goodbye,” Trump said to the protesters.
The audience erupted into applause and chants of “USA!” as security escorted the man wearing the turban out.
Earlier in January, hijab-donning Rose Hamid was heckled after attending a Trump rally in South Carolina, according to an opinion piece in The Guardian.
However, a week later, Kaddie Abdul decided to attend a Trump rally purposefully wearing a hijab and had a different experience.
“There were some hard stares and dirty looks, but no outright rude behavior,” she wrote. "I spoke to several lovely people and had the type of informative and substantive discourse that one should expect at a political event."
“We need to see them, and listen to them, and disagree respectfully,” Abdul added. “We need to, as Americans, begin talking to and not at one another ... It was worth it to humanize Muslims for them. And it was worth it, to me, to recognize their humanity, too.”