Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is known for his raucous rallies, and one he held Tuesday night in Augusta, South Carolina, was no exception.
During his speech Tuesday night, Trump, who is leading in South Carolina with 38 percent of the vote, was interrupted by a protester who was allegedly yelling profanities and raising his middle finger to the large crowd.
“They should be ashamed of themselves. It’s disgraceful,” Trump said of the protester, who he described as a “rough cookie,” before inviting the two men who “took action” against the demonstrator onto the stage.
“Do not let them intimidate you,” the older of the two men said when he took the stage. “You back this man right here to the hilt. They will say anything, they will do anything to keep in power.”
He went on to say he’s supporting “my man Donald Trump” because the U.S. needs “some new thinking” and “some fresh blood” in the White House.
But the crowd really went wild when the younger supporter, an Iraq War veteran, started speaking.
“I’ve got two tours to Iraq, and I’m a Richmond County deputy,” he said with a smile as the audience erupted into a thunderous applause and Trump offered his signature thumbs up gesture.
As the billionaire businessman patted the veteran on his back, the audience broke out in chants of, “USA! USA! USA!”
“If it wasn’t for Mr. Trump right here, I don’t think any of us would have the voice that we have,” the supporter said. “This is the only man who is really going to bring America back.”
He went on to say that Trump “understands what it means for me and my people out there who have been to war.”
“Mr. Trump, I can promise you right now, my department and the departments around me, we need you,” he added before he gave the GOP frontrunner a handshake and a hug.
“I mean, that’s so cool,” Trump said. “[I] love people with courage. … I just respect those two guys a lot, so I wanna thank you, fellas.”
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