Protesters began to chant when the Republican presidential candidate brought up immigration and his desire to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Moments later, a Trump supporter reportedly spat in a protester’s face.
By Breanna Edwards, The Root
A Donald Trump rally in Richmond, Va., went south after supporters of the current GOP favorite and a group of protesters clashed over the topic of immigration, Mediaite reports.
According to the report, while speaking at his rally, the presidential candidate once again brought up immigration and his desire to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. A group of about a dozen student protesters began to chant “We’re here to stay” and “Dump Trump,” according to Agence France-Presse.
Trump did acknowledge the protesters’ presence, saying that it was their First Amendment right to voice their views. But that’s when things got slightly aggressive, with supporters reportedly snatching signs out of protesters’ hands and shoving.
“Go back where you came from!” one supporter shouted, according to AFP.
One rally attendee could be seen spitting in the face of a protester who had declared, “I’m from here!”
Trump later told AFP that he “didn’t see much of a protest.”
“We have thousands of people in this room … we have about 10 people over there. They’ll get the headline,” he predicted during the rally.
Officers escorted some individuals outside.
“We just had to show him that here, we don’t stand for racism. He’s just playing on xenophobia and hatred towards people from minorities,” one protester said.
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