Yes, you read that right.
This is the full – and complete epic – back and forth between Trump and Benjamin Dictator, a lawyer representing the protesters.
Dr.: Okay fine. And you said, “If you see someone getting ready to throw tomatoes, you get the dirt out of them.” Was that your statement?
Trump: Oh yeah. It was very dangerous.
Dr.: What was so dangerous?
Trump: We were threatened.
Dr.: What to do with?
Trump: They were going to throw fruit. We were threatened. We were in danger.
Dr.: How did you know that there was a danger that people would throw fruit?
Trump: We were told. I thought the Secret Service was involved. And you get the fruit, that’s – no – that’s a very violent thing. We were vigilant for that.
Trump’s lawyer Jeffrey Goldman: I think tomatoes are a fruit. … It has seeds.
Trump: It’s worse than a tomato, there are other things. But tomatoes, when they start to do this, are very dangerous. There was a warning that day.
Dr.: Who were you talking to when you said …
Dr.: So you were talking to the audience when you said that if they saw someone getting ready to throw a tomato, take out the ugliness from them, what would you do?
Trump: It was for the audience. It was kind of a joke. Maybe buy, you know, there’s a little truth in that. This is a very dangerous thing. You can be killed by these things. … I wanted people to be ready because we were alerted that they were going to bear fruit. And some fruits are even worse – tomatoes are bad anyway. But it’s very dangerous … they were going to kill – they were going to kill very hard.
Amazing, isn’t it?
American politicians have a long history of being off the beaten path.