President Donald Trump is slamming the Black Lives Matter protesters that accosted Senator Rand Paul and his wife after the RNC on Thursday. The President addressed the incident during a rally on Friday in New Hampshire.
“They walked out to a bunch of thugs,” Trump said. Following the President’s speech on the White House South Lawn, Paul and his wife began walking back to their nearby hotel. Shortly thereafter, an “angry mob” of more than 100 people chanted and jeered at them. Multiple police officers stepped in to escort them to safety.
President Trump classified the protesters’ behavior as “unhinged, manic rage.” Furthermore, he calls the incident a “disgrace,” Daily Mail reports.
Video from Thursday night shows four police officers forming a wall around Paul and his wife. President Trump praised them for their bravery. He says “should be brought over to the White House and be given a medal of some kind.”
Trump criticized D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for not doing more to protect his those at the RNC’s final night. He also accuses her of giving law enforcement “bad instructions” while also adding that she should “be ashamed of herself for that kind of display of incompetence.”
According to President Trump, the individuals that accosted Rand Paul and his wife do not qualify as protesters. “They’re not protesters. Those aren’t protesters,” he said. “Those are anarchists, they’re agitators, they’re rioters, they’re looters.”
Like Donald Trump, Rand Paul Condemns Protesters’ Behavior
On Friday morning, Rand Paul spoke out about the situation. “They’re attempting to push the police over to get to me, so at one point they push a policeman backwards, he stumbles and he’s trying to catch his balance and I catch the back of his flak jacket to stabilize him to make sure he’s OK because he’s our defense,” Paul said on Fox & Friends. “If he’s down, the mob’s loose on us.”
The Kentucky Senator feared that the protesters might have harmed him and his wife if not for the police officers. “That would have happened to us, I promise you, had we not had the D.C. Police to support us, we are thankful we have police, and we’ve got to wake up,” Paul said.
He continued by adding: “We can’t have the whole country, we can’t have Joe Biden rule the country and have no police. I mean, we can’t walk down the street in D.C. safely now. That’s how bad it is.”
[H/T Daily Mail]