At a rally in Iowa on Wednesday, protesters interrupted President Trump as he was in the middle of offering “thoughts and prayers” for Steve Scalise, the Republican congressman who was critically wounded by an unhinged left-wing gunman last week. The reactions of both Trump and his supporters to the tasteless timing of the interruption is worth watching.
After congratulating Republicans on their big victories in this week’s special elections in Georgia and South Carolina, Trump took a moment to send some thoughts and prayers to Scalise and all those impacted by the shooter.
“I’d like to also take this moment to send our thoughts and prayers to our courageous friend, somebody that I’ve gotten to know very well, Steve Scalise,” Trump said amid loud whistles. “And everyone recovering from the assault,” he added.
At this point, the audience’s reaction, a mixture of groans, boos and jeers directed at the whistling protesters, had grown so strong that Trump could no longer ignore the interruption and turned and stared at the disrupters with a clear look of irritation, eventually gesturing in their direction.
Trump returned to the mic and shook his head with his iconic smirk. “It never fails. Never fails,” he joked.
At this point, the audience began to chant, “USA, USA!”
As the interrupting protesters were getting cleared out, Trump returned to the mic and said, “And we love our police! We love our police.”
As for that Republican victory in the special election in Georgia that Trump referenced, if you haven’t seen some of the hilarious reactions to it online, check out the hysterics from Hollywood and the doom and gloom from the downtrodden Democrats.