US President Donald Trump mocked a Muslim reporter who was shot with rubber bullet in a peaceful protest, claiming it meant, “law and order.”
During a political rally in Minnesota on Friday, Trump called the shooting of MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi a “beautiful sight.”
“I remember this guy Velshi,” Trump said. “He got hit in the knee with a canister of tear gas and he went down. He was down. ‘My knee, my knee.’ Nobody cared, these guys didn’t care, they moved him aside.”
Velshi took to Twitter to say that he was actually hit by a rubber bullet, not a tear gas canister.
“And they just walked right through. It was the most beautiful thing,” Trump said. “No, because after we take all that crap for weeks and weeks, and you finally see men get up there and go right through them, wasn’t it really a beautiful sight? It’s called law and order.”
Velshi also asked :”What law did I break while covering an entirely peaceful (yes, entirely peaceful) march?”
‘MSNBC journalist Ali Velshi said he was also hit in the leg by a rubber bullet, adding, “State Police supported by National guard fired unprovoked into an entirely peaceful rally.”
Journalists reporting on nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice have increasingly been targeted by US law enforcement.
In a statement, an MSNBC spokesperson said, “Freedom of the press is a pillar of our democracy. When the President mocks a journalist for the injury he sustained while putting himself in harm’s way to inform the public, he endangers thousands of other journalists and undermines our freedoms.”