Donald Trump has taken a more direct approach when dealing with protesters during rally speeches in the past, on one occasion branding a man overweight and on another calling for a man to have his coat confiscated in freezing weather.
But the outspoken billionaire ramped up his rhetoric on Monday when he calmly told a Las Vagas rally he would like to punch a "disruptive" man in the face as he was escorted out by security.
Speaking ahead of the Nevada caucus, he told the crowd: “You know what I hate? There’s a guy totally disruptive, throwing punches, we’re not allowed to punch back anymore. I love the old days. You know what they used to do with guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks."
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
“I’d like to punch him in the face, I tell you that,” he added, prompting cheers from the audience.
Reporters didn't see why the man was taken out by security, and it was unclear whether he had actually thrown any punches.
Trump's increasingly inflammatory statements only seem to improve his ratings and he continues to lead by a wide margin in Nevada after winning Republican primary contests in both New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Trump also took aim at his rival Ted Cruz, labelling him “sick”, telling the 6,000-strong crowd gathered at the South Point Arena: “There's something wrong with this guy.“
Cruz, who along with Mark Rubio is seen as Trump’s biggest challenger, has been criticised by his opponents after asking for the resignation of his national spokesperson Rick Tyler on Monday, which inaccurately quoted Rubio, making it appear that he was showing rival Rubio dismissing the Bible. Tyler has apologised and acknowledged that he was mistaken in not having checked the accuracy of the story before posting it.
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