He pledged to pay legal fees for a supporter who injured a protester. He threatened to curb free press by opening defamation laws. He said that he wants to surveil mosques. He mocked a reporter with a disability. He is being investigated for whether he incited a riot, has made violent comments about protesters, and said that he could “shoot someone and not lose any voters.”
“He” is Donald Trump, candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. He appeals to the hatred in America, uses “fear of other” to persuade his supporters, yet wants to “Make America great again.” He is the voice for xenophobia, for those who are afraid to say what they are thinking, and gives them permission to do the things they’ve always wished they could do.
Although Trump claims that he does not incite violence, no one has been hurt and he does not want to see anyone get hurt, he has a history of encouraging violence and retaliating against those who confront or challenge him. Here is a timeline of the occasions when he’s had demonstrators or reporters removed from his events, summoned violence and/or supported it.
1. Aug. 25, 2015: Jorge Ramos vs. Donald Trump.
At a press conference in Dubuque, Iowa, Ramos, a well-known Univision journalist (The Root is owned by Univision), stood up to ask Trump about his immigration plan. Trump told Ramos to sit down because he had not been called on and he refused. “As a U.S. citizen, I have the right to ask the question,” he said.
“Go back to Univision,” Trump uttered. He then had security personnel remove Ramos from the room. Later on, Ramos was invited back into the room and allowed to ask his question.
2. Oct. 23, 2015: Trump says he’ll be “more violent” during campaign rally.
Trump was interrupted several times during a rally with hundreds of attendees in a ballroom at the Trump National Doral resort near Miami.
As the disruptions continued, he became more aggravated.