At a campaign rally in Iowa Monday, Donald Trump told his audience to "knock the crap out of" protesters, if they saw they were getting ready to throw tomatoes.
"I got a little notice ... from security guys," Trump said at the afternoon rally in Cedar Rapids. "They said, Mr. Trump, there may be somebody with tomatoes in the audience." The billionaire real estate mogul then instructed attendees on what to do if they noticed anyone about to toss the produce.
"If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Just knock the hell– " Trump said, before offering to pay to defend them in the court system.
"I will pay any legal fees. I promise, I promise," Trump said.
The statement came after a man was arrested last week for hurling a tomato at the Republican presidential candidate, the Des Moines Register reported.