Election 2016

Trump Appears to Ask Black Lives Matter Protesters, 'Are You From Mexico?' Orders Them Ejected from Virginia Rally

Beyond tone deaf.


At a campaign rally today at Radford University in Virginia, presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was interrupted multiple times by several Black Lives Matter protesters, mainly university students. Trump's response was to say, "All lives matter," followed by some peculiar non-sequiturs.

Initially, Trump didn't seem to know what part of his diatribe the participants were protesting. "Are you from Mexico?" he asked. "If you want, you can stay and you can hear the end of the story."

After calling security to remove them, Trump supporters began chanting. Trump responded almost reluctantly, "You're only going to hear it once. All lives matter."

Watch Trump's speech at Radford University:
Even Trump knows by now that these interruptions don't happen as frequently to other presidential candidates. Nearly every event these days seems to be met with protesters, whether it be immigrants, veterans, or in this case, Black Lives Matter.
"Where else does this happen?" the GOP frontrunner asked. Trump then paused for the crowd to settle as another protester was removed. 
"Believe it or not," Trump said, "when you think about it, what are we looking for, whether we're Democrat or liberal or conservative or Republican, we're looking for security, we're looking for safety, we're looking for family, and taking care of our family, we're looking for homes, we're looking for good jobs where we can come home and do well and go up the ladder… and honestly I think I could sit down with the kids, and I'd say let's talk. We're all looking for the same thing…and then you have some people that are looking for trouble." 


Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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