In Florida, Donald Trump kicked off his victory tour by bragging that his supporters were “vicious, violent, nasty and mean” during the presidential campaign.
“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?” Trump told a rowdy crowd during a victory rally at the Florida fairgrounds.
During the campaign, Trump urged followers to “knock the crap” out of protesters and offering to cover legal fees for assaults. And his fans chanted their approval of Trump’s vow to imprison his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, though he’s since admitted he only made the threat to win votes.
“But now, you’re mellow and you’re cool and you’re not nearly as vicious or violent, right? Because we won, right? Now you’re sort of laying back … you’re basking in the glory of victory.”
However, his Florida fans weren’t all that mellow during his speech. They broke out twice into renewed chants of “lock her up, lock her up.” That prompted Trump to smile and say, “Oh, that’s so terrible.”
One supporter shouted that Clinton should be “waterboarded” and threw an empty water bottle at a reporter, calling him trash after Trump called the media “dishonest,” pointing to reporters at the rally, CNN reported.
Trump’s remarks were the first time he has conceded that his followers have been violent.
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