Donald Trump is inaccurately claiming that President Barack Obama yelled at a protester for the GOP nominee. In reality, Obama had actually encouraged his supporters to act respectfully toward the man.
“If I spoke the way Obama spoke to that protester, they would say, ‘He became unhinged!’” Trump told supporters at a campaign rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Friday night.
“He spent so much time screaming at this protester and frankly, it was a disgrace.”
Trump also bizarrely claimed that the president, a Democrat, should not be campaigning for his party’s nominee Hillary Clinton.
He accused the broadcast media taping the event of being more favorable toward Obama than the GOP nominee by not panning cameras to capture the protester.
“They wouldn’t put the cameras on him,” Trump said. “They kept the cameras on Obama.”
Trump repeated his false accusation at a campaign rally in Tampa, Florida on Saturday.
In reality, Obama did just the opposite at a North Carolina rally for Clinton’s campaign earlier Friday, as The Huffington Post reported. Obama told the crowd not to boo a pro-Trump protester, acknowledging the man’s advanced age and apparent military service.
“We live in a country that respects free speech,” he said. “Don’t boo, vote.”
Ironically, Trump has a history of berating protesters and inciting violence against them, whereas Obama has been known to engage them in conversation.
Last week, at a rally in Kinston, North Carolina, Trump mistook an African-American supporter for a demonstrator, called him a “thug” and had him ejected from the event.