2012 - 2019
“[Obama] lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!
The phoney [sic] electoral college
made a laughing stock out of our nation. The loser one! We can’t let this happen… The world is laughing at us. More votes equals a loss…revolution!
This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!”
“I would never give up my microphone [to protestors]… I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself, or if other people will.”
- Aug 11, 2015
“[The protestor] should have been, maybe he should have been roughed up.”
- Nov 22, 2015
“So I’m watching a [football
] game yesterday. What used to be considered a great tackle, a violent head-on — a violent — … you used to see these tackles and it was incredible to watch, right?
Now they tackle. ‘Oh, head-on-head collision, 15 yards.’ The whole game is all screwed up. You say, ‘Wow, what a tackle.’ Bing. Flag. Football has become soft. Football has become soft.
Now, I’ll be criticized for that. They’ll say, ‘Oh, isn’t that terrible.’ But football has become soft like our country has become soft. It’s true. It’s true…it’s become soft and our country has become soft.”
- Jan 10, 2016
“So if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Ok, just knock the hell. I promise you I will pay for the legal fees.
I promise. I promise.”
- Feb 1, 2016
“I love the old days.
You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out in a stretcher
, folks… I’d like to punch him in the face.”
- Feb 22, 2016
“Well, I have to tell you, maybe I shouldn’t be changing [my tone
when I become President] too much… I may very well change it, but right now it seems to be working pretty well.”
- Feb 24, 2016
“In the good old days, they’d rip him out of that seat so fast.
But today everybody’s politically correct. Our country is going to hell with being politically correct. Going to hell.”
- Feb 26, 2016
“Get him out. Try not to hurt him. If you do, I’ll defend you in court, don’t worry about it…
We had one guy – in New Hampshire actually – who was a rough guy. And he was swinging and swinging and punching… We had a couple of people in the audience who were equally rough and they took him out, they took him out. No, no they took him out. And I’ll tell you what, it was really amazing to watch.”
- March 4, 2016
“See, in the good old days, this doesn’t happen, because they used to treat them very, very rough.
And when they protested once, they would not do it again so easily… They get away with murder because we have become weak.”
- March 9, 2016
“[One protestor] was a rough guy and he was punching. And we had some people
– some rough guys like we have right in here – and they started punching back. It was a beautiful thing.
I mean, they started punching.”
- March 9, 2016
“[A protestor] was swinging very loud and then started swinging at the audience and the audience swung back, and I thought it was very, very appropriate… the audience hit back, and that’s what we need a little bit more of.”
- March 11, 2016
“You know, part of the problem, and part of the reason it takes so long, is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore, right?
And they’re being politically correct the way they take them out, so it takes a little bit longer. And honestly, protesters, they realize it. They realize that there are no consequences to protesting anymore. There used to be consequences, there are none anymore…
“Our country has to toughen up, folks, we have to toughen up. These people are bringing us down, remember that.”
- March 11, 2016
“Sometimes we talk a little bit tough. When I see somebody out swinging his fists, I say, ‘Get ’em the hell out of here.’ We’re a little rough.
[Journalists] hate to hear that. ‘Why did you act so viciously toward that young person that was really protesting?’ See he wasn’t protesting. He was swinging. He was vicious. And you know what? They took him out. That was OK that day.”
- March 12, 2016
“He got over this railing…tries to make a rush at me — I was ready, I don’t know if I would’ve done well but I would’ve been out there fighting, folks. I don’t know if I would’ve done well, but I would’ve been ‘boom boom boom, I’ll beat the [mouths ‘crap out of you].”
- March 12, 2016
“What I did is I say, ‘By the way, if you see anybody with tomatoes, right at the beginning you got to stop them. Do whatever you want to do.
‘ I have no objection to what I said. I would say it again.”
- March 13, 2016
“We had one guy… and I said, ‘Boy, I’d like to smash him.’ You know, I said that. I’d like to punch him…
He was punching and swinging and screaming… And when he was being taken out, he walked out like this, with his finger way up, like, ‘screw everybody.’ And that’s when I made that statement.”
- March 21, 2016
wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the second amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is
, I don’t know. But I tell you what, that’ll be a horrible day.”
- Aug 9, 2016
“When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon
, you just see them thrown in, rough. I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.’ Like when you guys [law enforcement] put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head
, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head, I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’”
- July 28, 2017
“The Democrat Party is held hostage by far-left activists, by angry mobs, Antifa, by deep state radicals and their establishment cronies.
You ever see what happens when they take the masks of Antifa? You have guys — you have guys that look like they live with mom and dad in the basement. They live in the basement of mom and dad’s home. You know what that is? That’s the size of their biceps, but they wear — they wear the tough black outfits.
“No, I would never suggest this, but I will tell you, I — they’re so lucky that we’re peaceful. Law enforcement, military, construction workers, Bikers for Trump
— how about Bikers for Trump? They travel all over the country. They got Trump all over the place, and they’re great. They’ve been great. But these are tough people. These are great people. But they’re peaceful people, and Antifa and all — they’d better hope they stay that way.
I hope they stay that way. I hope that stay that way. And they will, the Democrats, say and do anything to try and undermine the result of the greatest election in our country’s history.”
- Sept 21, 2018
Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) body-slammed a reporter for The Guardian on the eve of a special House election in May, 2017.
“Never wrestle [Gianforte]. Never. Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of — he’s my guy.
We endorsed Greg really early, but I heard that he had body-slammed a reporter. And he was way up … and I said, ‘Oh, this is terrible, he’s going to lose the election.’ But then I said, ‘Well, wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him,’ and it did … He’s a great guy
and a tough cookie.”
- Oct 18, 2018
“No, no [I don’t regret praising Greg Gianforte for body-slamming reporter]. Not at all
… That was a tremendous success last night in Montana and Greg is a tremendous person and he’s a tough cookie, but I’ll stay with that.”
- Oct 19, 2018
“Democrats produce mobs. You’ve heard that. You’ve seen it. You’ve seen it. You’ve seen it. Antifa!
They the helmet off, and they take the arm bands, and you see these little arms, you see these little arms. And then they see the clubs in their hands – you know they’re tough guys, right? Where are the Bikers for Trump? Where are they? Police? Where are the military? Where are — ICE? Where are the border patrol? No, no, we’ve taken a lot, we’ve taken a lot folks.
But, you see these guys, you take off their helmet, their black helmet, their black outfit with the pads. They’re all tough guys and they’re swinging clubs viciously. They couldn’t care less who they hit. These are bad people. These are people causing problems and the press doesn’t want to talk about them.”
- Nov 4, 2018
“It’s hard to impeach
somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong and who’s created the greatest economy in the history of our country. I’m not concerned, no. I think that the people would revolt if that happened.”
- Dec 10, 2018
“There’s a young gentleman with us today. There’s a young gentleman. I turned on my television the other day, and I saw somebody that was violently punched in the face. Violently punched.
And I said that’s disgusting. By a bully I’d like to do a lot of things.
But, of course, we would never do that. Because if I ever said ‘violence,’ they would say, ‘Donald Trump attacked.’… Ladies and gentlemen, he took a hard punch in the face for all of us. Remember that. He took a punch for all of us. And we can never allow that to happen.”
- March 2, 2019
“You know, the left plays a tougher game
, it’s very funny. I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they don’t play it tougher. Okay? I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump — I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.
But the left plays it cuter and tougher.”
- March 13, 2019
“How do you stop these people from crossing the border?”
Audience member: “Shoot them!”
“Only in the panhandle you can get away with that stuff. Only in the panhandle.”
- May 8, 2019
While clashes between Trump supporters and protestors were common at Trump 2016 campaign rallies, as of March 11, 2016, according to Time there were no documented cases of Trump protesters initiating violence against Trump supporters..
The most violent documented incident occurred at a Trump campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina on March 9, 2016, when a Trump supporter sucker-punched a Trump protestor in the face.
A 2019 University of North Texas paper reported a 226 percent increase in hate crimes in counties that hosted 2016 Trump campaign rallies over comparable counties that did not host Trump rallies.