Can you Imagine Donald Trump Giving up his Microphone to Protesters? Neither can Trump.
If #blacklivesmatter activists attempt to hijack a Donald Trump event, I may be at least partly responsible.
I had the opportunity to ask Trump the “last question” at the press briefing prior to his speech at the Genesee and Saginaw County Republican Party chapters’ Lincoln Day Dinner at the Birch Run Expo Center. (Of course there were two encores that followed. Fox 2 reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner, Charlie LeDuff’s penultimate “question” fell with a spectacular thud. We in the press all knew it was coming because Charlie had been previewing his questions for us as we waited for Trump. We were giddy with anticipation as he floated the idea that he would be a good Vice Presidential pick for Trump.)
My question elicited a response that apparently erupted on Twitter, eliciting a strong reaction from #blacklivesmatter, who seemed to take his response as a challenge. I asked:
“Would you ever give up your microphone to protesters, like Bernie Sanders did?”
His reply was classic, and dead on. As he said, Bernie Sanders looked weak. Here is our audio of the question and Trump’s full reply is below:
And here is the full transcript of Trump’s answer:
“I would never give up my microphone. That was disgusting. That showed such weakness. The way he was taken away by two young women. The microphone, they just took the whole place over.
And the audience, which liked him, I mean they were him, they said, ‘What’s going on? How could this happen?’ That will NEVER happen with me. I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself or if other people will, but that was a disgrace.
I felt badly for him. But it shows that he’s weak. You know what? He’s getting the biggest crowds and I’m getting the biggest crowds. We’re the two getting the crowds. But believe me, that’s not going to happen to Trump.”