Two days after a Boston man allegedly cited Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric as a reason for beating and urinating on a homeless Mexican immigrant, the presidential candidate finally condemned the crime on Friday.
Boston incident is terrible. We need energy and passion, but we must treat each other with respect. I would never condone violence.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2015
Scott and Steve Leader were charged on numerous counts, including assault with a deadly weapon on Wednesday. Police said that Scott Leader mentioned Trump and said he took part in the assault because the man was Hispanic and homeless.
“Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported,” he allegedly told police.
When asked about the attack on Wednesday night, Trump said he had not heard about the attack and that he thought “it would be a shame” before quickly moving on to praise his supporters, according to The Boston Herald.
“I will say, the people that are following me are very passionate,” he said, according to The Boston Herald. “They love this country. They want this country to be great again. But they are very passionate. I will say that.”