“Keep his coat! Confiscate his coat! You know it’s about 10 degrees below zero outside. Tell him we’ll send it to him in a couple of weeks,” boomed Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to his security at a Burlington, Vermont rally Thursday night.
It is unclear if security took the heckler’s coat.
Trump supporters shout down hecklers.
Trump quickly became outraged at a large number of hecklers interrupting his speech. He ordered them all ejected.
The heckling broke out despite gaurds denying access to anyone who refused to take a loyalty oath to vote for Trump. “We have more than 20,000 people that showed up for 1,400 spots,” Trump said in a statement. “I’m taking care of my people, not people who don’t want to vote for me or are undecided. They are loyal to me and I am loyal to them.”
(It isn’t unusual for Trump to rail at hecklers. In a recent appearance he tells one to “get the h*** out.”)
Most of the protesters were supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, an outspoken Trump critic. Liberal Burlington is the heart of Sanders’ support base. The US senator from Vermont is a self-proclaimed socialist.
Some of the protesters held up Sanders campaign signs and chanted “Bernie! Bernie!” After being ejected, many gathered at an area outside the rally designated for protests.
(Rally-goers brave the cold hours ahead of time to see Trump. A Sanders supporter tells why he is first in line.)
A woman heckles Trump.
Trump took on Sanders in his speech, claiming he wanted to raise taxes to 90%. He also accused Sanders of coddling Black Lives Matters protesters at a Seattle appearance where they took control of his microphone.
Trump quipped that he expected a number of critics in progressive Vermont. He initially seemed pleased at the hecklers. “You know it’s sort of fun. Isn’t this more exciting?” Trump added. “You know, you go to a Hillary thing. It’s like, boring. You go to a Jeb thing and you fall asleep.”
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