President Trump kicked off his New Hampshire rally on Friday with a rant against the BLM protesters who accosted guests departing his RNC speech at the White House on Thursday night, branding the group ‘thugs’ and ‘agitators’.
Speaking to a crowd of several hundred people at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Trump lashed out at demonstrators who had swarmed Senator Rand Paul, while praising the police officers who brought him to safety.
‘They walked out to a bunch of thugs,’ Trump said as he criticized D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for not doing more to protect his supporters. ‘Unhinged, manic rage. You ought to see it last night in Washington, it was a disgrace.’
Senator Paul on Friday said he was attacked by an ‘angry mob’ of more than 100 people near the White House and had to be rescued by the police.
Trump suggested the four cops involved ‘should be brought over to the White House and be given a medal of some kind.’ ‘We’re gonna do it,’ he said. ‘We’re gonna do it. I told that to Rand today.’
He also accused Mayor Muriel Bowser of giving police ‘bad instructions’ and said she should ‘be ashamed of herself for that kind of display of incompetence.’
The president has emphasized a ‘law and order’ theme to motivate his political base and attract more voters as he trails Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in national polls ahead of the November 3 election.
‘You know what I say? Protesters, your ass. I don’t talk about my ass,’ he said. ‘They’re not protesters. Those aren’t protesters. Those are anarchists, they’re agitators, they’re rioters, they’re looters.’
Senator Paul on Friday called on the FBI to investigate the crowd of demonstrators, saying he believes the group chanting his name and pushing against his impromptu police escort was paid to incite a riot.
He did not say who he believes financially backed them or offer any evidence for his contention.
Paul, his wife and two guests scrapped plans to walk to their hotel near the White House after Trump’s speech to the Republican convention when they saw large crowds demonstrating.
Instead, they rode a bus with others to the Trump International Hotel and then attempted to take an Uber back. When protesters blocked the car, they walked. Demonstrators recognized Paul and immediately drew close. His group then found police for protection.
Video posted online shows a crowd surrounding Paul and his wife and the police. One man yells repeatedly, ‘say her name,’ a reference to Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed by police in March in Kentucky, the state that Paul represents.
One officer appears to use his bicycle to push a protester and stumbles into Paul after the protester shoves him. At no point does it show Paul being physically attacke….