Last week in a speech on Long Island, President Donald Trump endorsed police brutality with statements about “roughing up” people who have been arrested.
Trump has previously encouraged violent behavior during public remarks, particularly during his raucous presidential campaign rallies. At a November 2015 rally in Alabama, Trump said that a protester was loud and “maybe he should have been roughed up.”
During another campaign rally in Michigan, Trump said he would defend in court anyone who hurt a protester being escorted out. When a protester interrupted a Las Vegas rally, Trump said “guys like that” used to be “carried out in a stretcher,” adding: “I’d like to punch him in the face, I tell ya.”
At another rally, Trump said protesters were being removed too slowly because “nobody wants to hurt each other anymore.”
It’s one thing to have a mob boss threaten people with physical harm, but for a president (or a presidential candidate) to do it seems a bit unseemly to me.
Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think America is made great again by having its leader act like a thug.
Martin H. Levinson