Trump to #BlackLivesMatter: ‘I Would Never Give Up My Microphone’

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump fields questions at the Family Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium July 18, 2015, in Ames, Iowa.
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Republican presidential contender Donald Trump is not known for backing down … to anyone about anything. So "the Donald" was quite shocked when Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) did not protest when protesters affiliated with Black Lives Matter took over a political rally at which Sanders was scheduled to address supporters.

Not I, said Trump, calling Sanders "weak."

"I would never give up my microphone; I thought that was disgusting," Trump said during a Tuesday-night press conference in Michigan. "That showed such weakness, the way he was taken away by two young women. They just took the whole place over!"


Shortly after Sanders got onstage at Westlake Park in Seattle on Saturday, he was interrupted by protesters who took the stage—and the microphone away from him. 

Two young women, Marissa Janae Johson and Mara Jacqeline Willaford, demanded four-and-a-half minutes of silence in memory of Ferguson, Mo., teen Michael Brown. According to Sanders' aides, however, once the period of silence was over and it didn't seem that Sanders was going to get the mic back, the senator eventually left without speaking.


Trump, for his part, basically said that he would fight protesters first.

"That will never happen with me," the ever-candid candidate said. "I don't know if I'll do the fighting myself or if other people will, but that was a disgrace. I felt badly for him, but it showed that he's weak."


Watch the exchange below:

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