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Racist Donald Trump Fans Allegedly Beat, Urinated on Sleeping Latino Homeless Man

One of the men remarked: 'Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.'

Two white Boston brothers Scott J. Leader, 38, and Steve M. Leader, 30, were arrested on numerous charges of assault, indecent exposure, and more after allegedly urinating on and then beating a sleeping 58-year-old Latino homeless man because he was Latino.

According to the charges, the Boston Globe reports, the brothers allegedly urinated on the man, punched him, and then beat him with a metal pole, breaking his nose and bruising his head and torso. Witnesses say they saw the brothers hitting the man in the head with the pole. The homeless man, who remained unidentified, was subsequently hospitalized at Boston Medical Center.

State Police spokesman Dave Procopio recalled “Scott Leader made a statement referring to the victim as an ‘illegal immigrant’ and stated the reason he and his brother were arrested is that they were white and the victim was a minority.”

The brothers also spoke favorably of Donald Trump, according to the police, who recall Scott remarking "Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported." Police say he saw no problem attacking the man because he is Latino and homeless.

Police also say that, when the two were booked in jail, the brothers “became highly aggressive and combative,” and were constantly “challenging troopers to come into the cells to fight, banging on the cell door, and making threatening and anti-immigration statements.”

The Leader brothers pleaded not guilty in court on August 19.

Republican presidential candidate and billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump has called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and characterized them as criminals. Trump, the most popular GOP candidate for president, claims the Mexican government purposefully sends criminals and drug-dealers across the border, turning the US into a “dumping ground.”

Trump has vowed to deport all undocumented immigrants and their families. He also says he hopes to cease the granting of automatic citizenship to children born to foreigners in the US, in spite of its enshrinement in the 14th Amendment.

In response to the news that the Latino homeless had been attacked by men inspired by him, Trump said "it would be a shame . . . I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate."

Ben Norton is a journalist and writer. He was a reporter for AlterNet's Grayzone Project. You can follow Ben on Twitter at @BenjaminNorton, and his personal website is BenNorton.com.