During his rally in Kansas City on Saturday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed to press charges against protesters from this point forward, following a disastrous confrontation in Chicago on Friday.
Trump has faced a barrage of criticism over confrontations at his rallies and this weekend events boiled over. In addition to the Chicago meltdown, events throughout the day on Saturday were repeatedly disrupted by protesters. One incident resulted in the Secret Service actually storming the stage to protect the billionaire as an activist in the audience attempted to break through the security line.
Business Insider reported that afterward, Trump began asking his event security what happens to hecklers after they're ejected:
"By the way, what do they do? Do they arrest these people? What happens? Do they arrest them or do they just put them outside?"
At the Kansas City rally Trump commented:
"I hope they arrest these people because they're really violating all of us, OK? And I hope they're arrested. I hope they're arrested, because honestly they should be. ... And some of them are very violent. But I'm going to ask that you arrest them. I'll file whatever charges you want."
“I hope they get put into, I hope these guys get thrown into jail. They’ll never do it again. It’ll destroy their record. They’ll have to explain to mom and dad why they have a police record, and why they can’t get a job. And you know what? I’m going to start pressing charges against these people. And then we won’t have a problem.
“And I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to ruin somebody’s life. They’re probably good kids, you know. They’re probably good kids. I don’t what to ruin people’s lives. But the only way we’re going to stop this craziness is if we press charges. Because then their lives are going to be ruined. They’re going to know their lives are going to be ruined. So I’ll just tell you folks from now on, if you do anything, we’re pressing charges, okay?”
Trump's campaign opponents addressed the violent outbreaks, with Sen. Marco Rubio noting that many of the protesters involved in Friday's events were likely paid to be there.