During President Donald Trump’s speech at a campaign rally (his first of 2019), a frenzied supporter of his lunged at a BBC journalist in the press pool, shouting “F**k the media,” shoving reporters, and overturning a camera.
The supporter’s actions were caught on video.
Trump supporter 'violently attacks' BBC cameraman at rally after US president whips up anger over media pic.twitter.com/4XoTA2TQtp
— The Independent (@Independent) February 12, 2019
The attack received swift backlash from journalism institutions everywhere, including the White House Correspondents Association.
Statement on attack on journalist at president’s rally. pic.twitter.com/cdyMl9C2NO
— WHCA (@whca) February 12, 2019
Now, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has released a statement regarding the matter.
“President Trump condemns all acts of violence against any individual or group of people – including members of the press. We ask that anyone attending an event do so in a peaceful and respectful manner.”
The idea that Trump condemns all acts of violence—especially at his rallies—is demonstrably false.
He’s previously fantasized about punching protestors in the face.
Trump complains they can't rough up detractors, "I'd like to punch him in the mouth!" pic.twitter.com/vPlhaShRnz
— Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) February 23, 2016
He suggested “Second Amendment people” do something about Hillary Clinton.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump actually suggested that “Second Amendment people” could assassinate Hillary Clinton if she picked Supreme Court justices. And they elected him anyway. pic.twitter.com/ZGeMFIOU6f
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 28, 2018
He encouraged attendees of his rally to “knock the crap” out of protestors as well, assuring he’d pay the court costs of anyone who did.
And I don’t want to hear Trump supporters say a damn word about Eric Holder.
Trump told his rally supporters to fight protesters: “Knock the crap out of ‘em, would you? Seriously. Just knock the hell…I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees.” pic.twitter.com/VmXnKVF1hz
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 11, 2018
Trump has called for cops to be rougher on suspects.
Trump just called for cops to rough up suspects more in front of a crowd of cops, they cheered pic.twitter.com/f2BMSX56hw
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) July 28, 2017
It wasn’t long before people began pointing this out.
except when he is inciting violence. Then he's ok with it.
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) February 12, 2019
Trump has literally encouraged violence at his rallies. It's on video.
— NiteOfTheLivingDave (@OleThickHawk) February 12, 2019
“Ht him and I’ll pay the legal bills.” -Donald trump
— 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝⋮ℒℯℯ𝒜𝓃𝓃 (@just_leeann) February 12, 2019
Trump has spoken in the past about whether or not his rhetoric incites violence.