— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2015
While Time was busy granting legitimacy to a fringe candidate who has gained traction thanks to a slow summer news cycle and a historically pathetic Republican presidential field, two Boston men were arrested for brutally beating and urinating upon a homeless man because he was Hispanic. And according to the Boston Globe, one of the brothers said he was "inspired" to do so by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
— Buckner Corso (@BucknerCorso) August 20, 2015
Brothers Scott and Steve Leader, who have extensive criminal records, face multiple assault charges for the unprovoked attack, which took place Wednesday in Dorchester. The brothers allegedly beat the 58-year-old homeless man with a metal pole, breaking his nose and bashing his chest and arms. They also allegedly took turns urinating on his face.
The Globe has the rest of the details:
The brothers walked away from the scene laughing, a witness told State Police.
Alerted by witnesses, troopers arrested the brothers, and said the men continued to be disorderly in custody. Steve Leader allegedly urinated on his cell door, and both brothers allegedly made threats to staff members.
Police said Scott Leader, 38, told them it was OK to assault the man because he was Hispanic and homeless.
“Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported,” he allegedly told the police.
— Daniel Bentley (@DJBentley) August 20, 2015
When Trump was told of the attack during a press conference on Wednesday, this was his response, according to the Times: "It would be a shame," Trump said, before adding: "I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate."
— ♥ (@yurivictor) August 20, 2015
The victim in the assault, who is recovering at Boston Medical Center, sustained a broken nose, bruises on his head, and a large bruise across his torso. "Every time that immigrants are being scapegoated or targeted, something happens," Eva Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, said in a statement in response to the attack.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) August 20, 2015
Meanwhile, Trump continued to champion his extremist anti-immigration policies today, vowing to build a "Great Wall of Trump" if he is elected, which he won't be: "We'll have a great wall and actually it can be a good-looking wall, as walls go," he said. "But we will have a really terrific wall."
— Esquire Magazine (@esquire) August 20, 2015
This isn't the first time Trump's so-called base has harassed or acted out against someone they view as an 'enemy'—after the whole debate kerfuffle with Megyn Kelly, she received death threats from Trump’s fans, which led the cable network to provide her with additional security. Trump's response to the Hollywood Reporter: "I’m sure they don’t mean that,” he said. "I had heard that had happened. But I have gained such respect for the people that like me and respect me and that like my views, it’s incredible."
Deal with it, indeed.