From Trump, shaming protesters has become part of his routine

January 10, 2016

An audience member holds up signs as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Claremont, New Hampshire January 5, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX216SW

An audience member holds up signs as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Claremont, New Hampshire January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

WASHINGTON — It’s become a regular part of Donald Trump rallies. Protester disrupts the event. The crowd starts chanting around them. Security or police arrive to escort them out.

The routine got a new element at a rally on Friday night. Instead of causing much of a disruption, Rose Hamid, a 56-year-old flight attendant from North Carolina, stood up silently at a Trump rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Unlike most other protesters, she didn’t make any noise. But dressed in a headscarf, she quickly drew the crowd’s attention.

The crowd then began to chant around her, prompting security to arrive and evict the woman.

But it wasn’t the first time eyebrows were raised when a protester was booted from a Trump event.

On Thursday night, more than a dozen protesters were evicted from his rally in Burlington, Vermont. As a disruptor was escorted from the balcony, Trump encouraged his security to leave the man’s coat and send him outside in the below-freezing temperatures without it.

“Isn’t this more exciting?” Trump said as another protester was escorted out.

Run-ins between protesters and Trump supporters have at times turn ugly.

In November, a black man protesting inside a Trump event was punched and kicked by attendees.

Trump has continued to insist that those who interrupted his events might deserve the treatment. “Maybe he should have been roughed up,” Trump said of the man kicked out of an Alabama event.

It’s not like Trump is the only one who gets protesters at events. A woman spent much of a New Hampshire town hall heckling Hillary Clinton, shouting about accusations that have been leveled against former President Bill Clinton.

Black Lives Matter activists interrupted a Bernie Sanders rally last year — an event that Trump likes to mock on the campaign trail.

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