Hecklers have become an expected element at Donald Trump rallies, and the latest event in Vermont Thursday was no exception.
Despite reports that attendees at the Burlington venue were pre-screened to ensure they were Trump supporters, some protesters were able to get in to the rally and interrupted the Republican front-runner several times.
“I thought I heard a little voice over there,” Trump said as he scanned the back of the auditorium.
As the hecklers were quickly escorted out of the building, presumably leaving behind personal belongings like coats, Trump directed, “Get him outta there! Don’t give him his coat.”
“Keep his coat. Confiscate his coat,” Trump said, as the crowd cheered. “You know it’s about ten degrees below zero outside. No, you can keep his coat. Tell him we’ll send it to him in a couple of weeks.”
Protestors interrupt Trump rally in Vermont; Trump says ‘confiscate his coat!’ https://t.co/oZ3rRz1EOI
— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) January 8, 2016
Social media reactions were mixed, with some horrified that the real estate mogul could be so callous, while others cheered his sense of humor.
@foxandfriends HAHAHAH. BRILLIANT. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. YOU CAN PROTEST BUT YOU CAN BE THROWN OUT AS WELL. GO, PRESIDENT TRUMP.
— holly ammon (@hollyammon) January 8, 2016
@foxandfriends I trust Fox realizes he was joking with the crowd. It was hysterical! PS – The socials Bernie supporter kept his coat 🙂
— Brian (@AVoiceForUSA) January 8, 2016
— Ruth Ryan (@ruthlesseddie) January 8, 2016
@thehill Simply amazing that anybody considers him a viable candidate. Indicative of our frustration with DC.
— ConservativeEducator (@GodblessTexas85) January 8, 2016
— Tony Burke (@TonyBurke_SD) January 8, 2016
@foxandfriends If they wanted an anti-Trump rally, they should’ve scheduled one. They were at the wrong venue! ?
— Marilyn (@underdogette) January 8, 2016
@foxandfriends Hilarious! Loved it! The supporters couldn’t get in because the protesters were taking up precious space. Throw the bums out!
— Lilly McKim (@lillymckim) January 8, 2016
Some Twitter users pointed out the obvious.
@thehill I watched this speech and knew he was joking, as did everyone who was there. Find some real news for a change..
— karlah (@khaislop1) January 8, 2016
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