At his rally in New Hampshire on Thursday, Trump mocked one of his own supporters for being overweight and attempted to have the man kicked out of the event.
A group of protestors caught Trump’s eye, and he mistakenly thought one of his own supporters was part of the fray:
“That guy’s got a serious weight problem,” Trump says as a protester is escorted from a rally in New Hampshire. “Go home. Start exercising” pic.twitter.com/o1mCFYH3JN
— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) August 16, 2019
As it turns out, the man was not a protestor at all. He is actually a naval veteran and law enforcement officer that was attending the rally in full support of Trump’s campaign.
Fox News found the man, whose name is Frank Dawson. Dawson had this to say about the incident:
“He didn’t see me rip the signs away from those three people sitting near us. They were trying to cause a ruckus and they jumped up and started yelling. I don’t care what they were yelling. It wasn’t going to happen besides me, I’m trying to listen to my president. I think he thought I was part of it. But I was the good part of it.”
When Dawson was asked how he felt about Trump ridiculing him for his weight, he gave assurances that he did not have any ill will saying, “I love the guy. He is the best thing that ever happened to this country.”
This isn’t the first time that Trump has slung insults at one of his supporters. In 2016, he made sarcastic comments about how he “likes” having babies crying while he is talking before he told the mother to “get the baby out of here”:
Correction: Trump did not apologize, a White House official tells me. He phoned the supporter, left him a message thanking him for his support, but did not use the words “sorry” or “apologize.”
Of course he didn’t apologize for being cruel to a supporter he mistakenly thought was a protester. That would be off-brand.