'I'd like to punch him in the face' - Donald Trump hits out at protester removed from rally
Published 23/02/2016 | 08:38
US republican candidate Donald Trump said he wanted to punch a protester "in the face" at a rally last night.
Trump claimed the protester was "nasty as hell" and he accused the man of trying to punch the security officers forcing him out of the rally. Witnesses said the man did not appear to be fighting off those officers.
"I'd like to punch him in the face," Trump said, remarking that a man disrupting his rally was escorted out with a smile on his face. "He's smiling, having a good time."
"In the old days," Trump added, protesters would be "carried out on stretchers."
"We're not allowed to push back anymore," Trump said.
Yesterday, Trump declined to say the Republican nomination was his to lose, but he quickly went on to declare: "I'm really on my way."
Complete but unofficial returns in South Carolina yesterday put Mr Trump way out ahead, with Mr Rubio squeaking past Mr Cruz for second.
But with roughly 70pc of Republicans in national polls declining to back Mr Trump, Mr Cruz and Mr Rubio tried to cast themselves as the one candidate around whom what Mr Rubio calls the "alternative-to-Donald-Trump vote" can coalesce.