A black student has been thrown out of a Donald Trump rally without saying a word, it has been reported.
East Carolina University student Adedayo Adeniyi attended a political rally held by the Republican presidential hopeful on Wednesday night. The 20-year-old says that he went not to protest or demonstrate but because he was curious to see for himself what a Trump rally would be like.
Video footage captured by Mr Adeniyi appears to show police and Trump supporters approach him and demand that he leave.
This was instigated because black members of the crowd nearby were protesting and Mr Adeniyi was wrongly implicated by the crowd on the basis of his skin colour, he has told New York Daily News. The footage appears to capture the student’s shocked response: “Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. That’s not me, that’s them. I don’t even know them. What? I don’t even know them.”
He told New York Daily News: “I was there just to watch and experience the surreal moment of someone like Trump running for president and speaking to thousands of people.
“At first I refused to leave because it was all just a product of being black at a Trump rally. Basically in that environment I’m guilty by association. But common sense told me to just listen to the cops and move along.”
He added: “These are presidential rallies. I’m not at a KKK rally. The fact that I experienced hate at a candidate rally tells you everything you need to know about Donald Trump and the people that support him. People will act more hateful and racist in environments that they feel not only encouraged to do it, but accept it as normal.”
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."
In the same stadium a further, separate incident occurred when another black man was allegedly seriously assaulted by a Trump supporter. A 78-year-old man has been charged with assault, battery and disorderly conduct.
In addition, police are investigating two alleged assaults at a recent Kentucky rally. One relates to an alleged incident in which a black woman was reportedly shoved and called “scum” by members of the crowd.
Mr Trump has been criticised for not condemning violence at his rallies and for appearing to make light of such allegations. The politician said of a protestor last month: “I’d like to punch him in the face.” At a Kentucky rally addressed the crowd: “Get him [a protestor] out. Try not to hurt him. If you do I’ll defend you in court… Are Trump rallies the most fun? We’re having a good time.”Reuse content