Black Lives Matter Activist Was Beat And Put Out Of Donald Trumps Rally In Alabama
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When activist Mercutio Southall Jr. was curled up on the ground getting kicked, punched, and choked by Donald Trump supporters at a campaign rally in Birmingham, Alabama, he thought, “I can’t die today. I’ve got shit to do. I have little kids. Fuck these people.”
The single father of three, who was raised in the civil rights cradle of Selma, Alabama, told ThinkProgress that he had gone to Trump’s event with two friends in order to speak out against the
frontrunner candidate’s “racist” rhetoric.
“The things that he’s been saying about black people, Latino people, immigrants, refugees — we felt it was very disrespectful,” he said.
“This is a city where some of the biggest battles of the civil rights movement happened, where four little girls got bombed up, so we aren’t accepting of anything like that kind of talk down here.
I mean, this man came to our city a couple of weeks before Christmas, saying we should not let in Middle Eastern refugees. If I’m not mistaken, I think Jesus was a Middle Eastern refugee. So we
Campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN that “the campaign does not condone this behavior.”
Trump, without stopping his speech, dismissed the disruption.
“Get him the hell out of here!” the GOP presidential candidate said to cheers. “Throw him out.”
No arrests were made, according to Birmingham police.
A member of the real estate mogul’s staff who declined to be named told the Montgomery Advertiser that the protester was taunting Trump as the crowd around him became aggressive.
“The guy was being disruptive,” the staffer told the Advertiser. “He was doing the Black Lives Matter thing and saying other phrases that were really firing up the crowd around him. He was throwing his hands around almost punching.”
Trump has faced increasing backlash for his incendiary comments about immigrants, Syrian refugees and protesters on college campuses seeking civil rights action.
In his rambling speech Saturday, Trump addressed the idea of creating a database to track Muslims in the U.S., a suggestion that has garnered intense criticism.