Vegas Trump Rally: Protests End in Scuffle
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

Donald Trump held a rally in Las Vegas on Monday, the eve of the last GOP debate of 2015, and all hell broke loose as protesters shouted slogans and audience members screamed back threats.

Protesters stepped in to interrupt the Republican presidential candidate several times, shouting slogans advocating for gun control and “Black lives matter!” and they got an angry response from the crowd, according to reports, including screaming, pointing, and then the shoving of one heckler before being removed the group.

Reporters from BuzzFeed and the Washington Post tweeted detailed updates from the rally, and further updates from news outlets say the first protests begin after Trump asked a supporter, Jamiel Shaw, to join him on stage to tell his story of losing his son after an undocumented immigrant gang member shot him. In response to the story, a protester pointed out that the anecdote supported the need for gun control.

As one man was dragged away, Trump supporters in the crowd yelled, “Shoot him!” “Kick his [expletive]!” and “Light the mother[expletive] on fire!”

Someone else reportedly shouted “Sieg heil!” – a Nazi Germany-era salute – as the protester was escorted out.

Watch what happened below:

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.