The members of the crowd seated in the prime spots behind President Trump during his campaign rally in Manchester, New Hamphire, on Thursday night seemed distracted. Moments earlier, they had been listening with rapt attention as the president railed against “radical Democrats,” but now, one by one, their heads were swiveling away, their gazes affixed on something above them.
Soon, the crowd was roaring, their voices growing so loud inside the Southern New Hampshire University Arena that Trump stopped mid-sentence and turned to look behind him at what had gotten his fans so riled up: protesters.
Much like his supporters, whose loud boos and chants of “U-S-A!” had become deafening, Trump appeared irked by the interruption and made his displeasure known in predictable fashion: heckling the heckler.
“That guy’s got a serious weight problem,” Trump said, apparently singling out a protester being escorted from the venue by security. “Go home, start exercising.”
As the crowd laughed, Trump continued: “Get him out of here please. Got a bigger problem than I do. Got a bigger problem than all of us.”
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