Donald Trump Feared Being Pelted With 'Deadly' Tomatoes
Donald Trump feared being killed by thrown fruit. Yes, you read that right, Chris Cillizza reported for CNN.
Photo Insert: In a recently released transcript of a deposition as part of a lawsuit filed by a group of protesters who alleged they were assaulted by Trump's security guards at a 2015 campaign rally, the subject of fruit -- and fruit being flung, in particular -- came up.
In a recently released transcript of a deposition as part of a lawsuit filed by a group of protesters who alleged they were assaulted by Trump's security guards at a 2015 campaign rally, the subject of fruit -- and fruit being flung, in particular -- came up.
Here's the full -- and fully epic -- back-and-forth between Trump and Benjamin Dictor, an attorney representing the protestors.
“Dictor: Okay. And you said that, 'If you see someone getting ready to throw a tomato, just knock the crap out of them would you.' That was your statement? trump: Oh, yeah. It was very dangerous. Dictor: What was very dangerous? Trump: We were threatened. Dictor: With what? Trump: They were going to throw fruit. We were threatened. We had a threat. Dictor: How did you become aware that there was a threat that people were going to throw fruit? Trump: We were told. I thought Secret Service was involved in that, actually. And you get hit with fruit, it's -- no -- it's very violent stuff. We were on alert for that. Trump attorney Jeffrey Goldman: A tomato is a fruit after all, I guess. ... It has seeds. Trump: It's worse than a tomato, it's other things also. But tomato, when they start doing that stuff, it's very dangerous. There was an alert out that day.”
Trump said he was speaking to the audience then and told his listeners to just knock the crap out of those threatening to pelt him with tomatoes.
To reiterate his fear of tomatoes, he stressed: “That was to the audience. It was said sort of in jest. Buy maybe, you know, a little truth to it. It's very dangerous stuff. You can get killed with those things. ... I wanted to have people be ready because we were put on alert that they were going to do fruit. And some fruit is a lot worse than -- tomatoes are bad by the way. But it's very dangerous ... they were going to hit -- they were going to hit very hard.”