Trump Says He’d Like To ‘Punch’ Protester ‘In The Face’ (VIDEO)

Donald J. Trump Donald Trump campaign rally, Las Vegas, America - 22 Feb 2016 (Rex Features via AP Images)
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As a protester was removed from Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Las Vegas on Monday night, the Republican presidential candidate lamented that his staff had to be “gentle” with the protester.

“You know what I hate? There’s a guy totally disruptive, throwing punches, we’re not allowed to punch back anymore. I love the ol’ days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks,” Trump told the crowd at his rally as a protester was being escorted out of the event, according to video from NBC News.

Trump said that his “guards are very gentle” with the protester.

“I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell ya,” he real estate mogul then said.

At another point during his speech on Monday night, Trump told security to get another protester “the hell out,” according to the New York Times. The protester was carrying a sign that read “Veterans to Trump: End Hate Speech Against Muslims,” according to the Times.

Trump has a history of making a spectacle of booting protesters from his campaign rallies, and some protesters have been violently removed. In November, a male protester was kicked and shoved as he was removed from a rally as Trump yelled, “Get him the hell out of here.” In October, a protester was dragged out of a Trump event and was kicked by another rally attendee.

Watch part of Trump’s Las Vegas rally via NBC News:

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