KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Donald Trump said during a campaign rally here Saturday night that he wants to start pressing charges against protesters who disrupt his events.
“I hope these guys get thrown in jail,” Trump said after one of the dozen or so groups of protesters was escorted from the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland.
“They’ll never do it again,” Trump said. “It will destroy their record. They’ll have to explain to mommy and daddy why they have a police record and why they can’t get a job.”
“They’re probably good kids,” he continued. “I don’t want to ruin people’s lives. But the only way we’re gonna stop this craziness is if we press charges. Because then their lives are gonna be ruined, they’re gonna know their lives are gonna be ruined. So I’ll just tell you folks, from now on, if you do anything, we’re pressing charges, okay?”
Around 3,500 people were in attendance at the rally, the third of the day for Trump. At an event earlier in the day in Dayton, Ohio, a man attempted to storm the stage as Trump spoke. (RELATED: Secret Service Swarms As Protester Attempts To Take Stage At Trump Rally [VIDEO])
Before the event started, a member of the Trump campaign urged his supporters to not make contact with protesters but, rather, to start shouting “Trump! Trump!” when they popped up in their vicinity.
And Trump’s supporters complied. As small groups of protesters popped up around the theater, Trump backers would stand up and start pointing and calling for police. Chants of “USA! USA!” erupted after each group of protesters was led from the theater.
Police officers working the rally told The Daily Caller that none of the protesters were arrested, just thrown out of the venue.