Police said Scott Leader, 38, told them it was OK to assault the man because he was Hispanic and homeless.(You know, I'm pretty sure they didn't ask for the man's "papers" before they started whomping on him--and I'm also pretty sure you can't really call a homeless guy sleeping on the street guilty of stealing opportunities from natural-born US citizens, anyway. Not that that seems to be the actual point of their brutality.)
“Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported,” he allegedly told the police.
It's Trump's reaction to the crime that's fascinating:
Here's what Donald Trump said when told about the alleged assault (according to the Boston Globe) at a press conference in New Hampshire: "I haven't heard about that. It would be a shame, but I haven't heard about that." Then the crowd buzzed, and Trump added: "I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate. I will say that, and everybody here has reported it.""Passionate." "They love this country and want it to be great again." People who piss on a homeless guy and then pound him into the cement are not doing that because they love their country and want it to be great. They do it because they are sick thugs. I give Trump credit for staying on message, but he has to understand he has an awful lot of "sick thug" appeal.
It's kind of ironic that the surname of these brutes is "Leader"--guys that would assault a random Muslim after 9/11 or a random Hispanic person after hearing a lot of anti-immigrant rhetoric are not "leaders", are they? They aren't thinkers or people who undertake careful plans--but boy, you could call them "passionate". They're pretty damn riled up.
Which leads me to a tangential pivot--I've noticed, as who could help but notice, that with a handful of speeches and some consistent, favorable poll numbers, Trump has moved ending birthright citizenship from a somewhat fringe position to one endorsed by several other GOP candidates, including those who, like Jeb Bush, had previously been hoping to garner some appeal with Hispanic voters. Now Jeb Bush is throwing around the term "anchor babies" like it was his new favorite thing.
Not for nothing, but do these yabbos think they can hope to top Trump with rampant "me-tooism"? The reason he's leading in the polls is because he appears to be leading them, and they are following his lead. If they want him gone, they might want to look at not doing that. A man of his ego and vanity riding high can only go down in a brutal and coordinated humiliation--with the many other candidates coming together like cavemen bringing down a wild boar. Otherwise, they've strapped themselves in for the wild boar ride and can only grit their teeth as he drags them through the mud puddle.