Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was shouted down by immigration activists multiple times during a forum on poverty on Saturday, but it was Donald Trump who Gov. John Kasich criticized as he watched the protesters being escorted out.
“I saw a crowd booing this woman who was being escorted. That’s not the spirit of Jack Kemp,” Kasich (R-Ohio) said of Trump’s rally the night before when a woman wearing a hijab stood in silent protest behind Trump.
Rose Hamid, 56, said that while she was being escorted out out of Trump’s rally by police, people booed her, and one person said, “you have a bomb.” Hamid had decided to protest Trump at his rally at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina Friday evening by standing in silence with a shirt that read, “Salom, I come in peace.”
“I mean, we are people that can tolerate differences and respect people, and this is just nonsense,” Kasich said Saturday at the Kemp Foundation Forum on Expanding Opportunity Saturday in Columbia, South Carolina. “That is not the Republican Party.”
Rubio was booed by protesters several times throughout the duration of the panel he and Kasich sat on during the Kemp Foundation Forum on Expanding Opportunity Saturday in Columbia, South Carolina. The immigration protesters shouted things such as, “undocumented and unafraid” at the senator.
“I thought about handling them the way another candidate does,” Rubio joked after the first group of protesters interrupted the forum.
Rubio, Kasich and four other Republican presidential candidates appeared during the forum on poverty Saturday in South Carolina moderated by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). Trump was not scheduled to speak at the forum.
— Cynthia Roldan (@CynthiaRoldan) January 9, 2016
Protest was a joint effort by United We Dream & Young Immigrants in Action for SC to protest Rubio's opposition to DACA, primarily.
— Alexandra Jaffe (@ajjaffe) January 9, 2016
Rubio says "we're going to enforce our immigration laws" to next set of protesters. Crowd loudly cheers.
— Kaitlyn Schallhorn (@K_Schallhorn) January 9, 2016