Trump defends bogus Muslim claim and rough treatment of black protester

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Donald Trump Is Using False Statistics to Make A Racist Point.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Donald Trump said Sunday that the protester who interrupted his rally at a convention center here on Saturday morning was “so obnoxious and so loud” that “maybe he should have been roughed up.” Mercutio Southall Jr. – a well-known local activist who has been repeatedly arrested while fighting what he says is unfair treatment of blacks – interrupted Trump’s rally and could be heard shouting, “Black lives matter!” A fight broke out, prompting Trump to briefly halt his remarks and demand the removal of Southall.The image, titled “USA Crime Statistics ~ 2015,” shows a dark-skinned man with a bandana and a face mask holding a gun, and is sourced to the “Crime Statistics Bureau — San Francisco.” It indicates the percentage of murders by race, specifically between blacks and whites. At one point, Southall fell to the ground and was surrounded by several white men who appeared to be kicking and punching him, according to video captured by CNN.

However, presenting false racially-biased statistics a day after an African-American protester was thrown out of one of his events, doesn’t send the best message. A Washington Post reporter in the crowd watched as one of the men put his hands on Southall’s neck and heard a female onlooker repeatedly shout: “Don’t choke him!” As security officers got Southall on his feet and led him out of the building, he was repeatedly pushed and shoved by people in the crowd. The Birmingham rally marks the latest example of Trump’s refusal to back down amid outcry over his often incendiary racial and religious rhetoric — and comes as polls show him once again with a clear lead over the rest of the candidates seeking the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.

The image alleges that 97 percent of African-Americans were killed by African Americans, while only 1 percent of murdered African-Americans were killed by police. While the fear-mongering graphic claims it’s at 81%, it’s really 15%, according to the FBI’s statistics — much less than the mogul’s tweet would suggest. And this was a very obnoxious guy who was a trouble-maker who was looking to make trouble.” That was a change in tone from just a month ago, when Trump would regularly tell his audiences not to harm the protesters who often infiltrate his rallies. “Don’t hurt ‘em,” Trump said at a rally in Miami on Oct. 23 as pro-immigration activists were led out. “You can get ‘em out, but don’t hurt ‘em.” The Republican front-runner has long made provocative statements a hallmark of his campaign. There’s an obvious reason for that: Most people are killed by someone they know — as is the case in 78.1 percent of homicides between 1980 and 2008, as we’ve noted before — and most people are related to and live near people who are of the same race as themselves.

Jeb Bush said Trump’s comments about Islam are “manipulating people’s angst and their fears.” Saturday’s racially charged altercation occurred in Birmingham, famous in the 1960s as a center of the civil rights struggle. Southall told the AL.com news site that the commotion started as he began recording himself and other protesters at the rally and saying that he wanted “Donald Trump to know he’s not welcome here.” Southall said someone knocked the phone out of his hand and made a racial slur. Officials have repeatedly debunked these persistent Internet rumors — most commonly attached to Paterson, N.J., rather than Jersey City — and there is no news coverage or other evidence corroborating them.

In the same FBI report, it clearly states that 82.3 percent of whites are in fact killed by other whites, which is very similar to the number of blacks killed by blacks (89.9 percent). But Trump stood by his comments during an interview on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, saying that the cheers came from the “large Arab populations” in New Jersey.

Finally, when the Daily Beast reverse google image searched the picture, the only yielded results were attributed to YouTube videos in Arabic, which featured a duplicated image of the man in the picture Trump shared. But Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said on Twitter that Trump “has memory issues or willfully distorts the truth, either of which should be concerning for the Republican Party.” In a statement, the Anti-Defamation League called Trump’s claims “irresponsible” and “factually challenged.” Jerry Speziale, the Paterson police commissioner, told The Post’s Fact Checker: “That is totally false. Build a wall!” In his nearly hour-long speech, Trump listed graphic details of killings committed by people who had entered the country illegally, promised to bar Syrian refugees from living in the United States because they might be terrorists and called for heavy surveillance of “certain mosques.” “I want surveillance of these people that are coming in, the Trojan horse. Trump has had Secret Service protection since Nov. 11, and those who attend his rallies and political events must now walk through metal detectors and have their bags searched. As Southall was removed Saturday, Trump recounted how Bernie Sanders, candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, responded to “Black Lives Matter” activists who came onstage during an event earlier this year. “You see, he was politically correct,” Trump said. “Two young women came up to the podium.

As the video circulated on social media that night, some of Trump’s supporters took to Twitter to call the protesters “thugs,” “Dem plants” and a variety of obscene names.

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