Donald Trump Admits His Supporters Were ‘Violent and Nasty,’ But Says They’re ‘Mellow’ Now
Donald Trump has finally conceded Friday that his supporters were “vicious, violent, nasty and mean” during the presidential campaign. But he insists they’ve turned “mellow” now that he’s the president-elect.
His crowds could get ugly, Trump conceded Friday in a speech before some 11,000 fans in Orlando, Florida, that’s part of his “thank you” tour.
“You people were vicious, violent, screaming, ‘Where’s the wall? We want the wall!’ Screaming, ‘Prison! Prison! Lock her up!’ I mean you are going crazy. I mean, you were nasty and mean and vicious and you wanted to win, right?” said Trump, speaking from an outdoor stage at the Florida fairgrounds.
Trump’s remarks were the first time he has conceded that his followers have been violent. During the campaign, he blamed the several fights at his rallies on Democratic activists who were paid to stage them.
In other comments, Trump called again for action against protesters who burn the flag, which is speech under the First Amendment.
“I don’t like when I see people burning our flag,” he said. “I don’t like it and we’re going to try doing something about it.”
Trump also lamented — again — that Time magazine named him Person of the Year instead of man of the year.