A pair of men assaulted a Latino homeless man, citing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as their inspiration.
Scott and Steve Leader targeted the 58-year-old man sleeping outside of a bus stop in Dorchester, Massachusetts, because of his race, according to police. They urinated on his face, broke his nose, and battered his arms and chest.
Scott Leader, 38, told the police the assault was justified:
“Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.”
Witnesses say the brothers struck the man several times with a metal pole, including over the head. The police report indicated the victim had a broken nose, bruises on his head, and a large bruise across his torso. He is in the hospital recovering from his injuries.
The Leader brothers face multiple assault charges with a dangerous weapon, indecent exposure, and making threats. They were ordered held without bail by the judge.
Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Andrew Kettlewell said the hate attack was “vicious and unprovoked.”
The brother who cited Trump was previously convicted of a hate crime. After the 9/11 attacks, he threw a cup of coffee at a Moroccan man working at a Dunkin’ Donuts and called him a terrorist. Leader spent a year in jail for that crime.
Trump has soared to the top of Republican presidential polls by being explicitly hateful towards Latinos. He kicked off his campaign by claiming Mexican immigrants are “bringing crime” and are “rapists.” The candidate also recently expressed support for excluding the children of undocumented immigrants from the 14th Amendment’s provision that they automatically become citizens. Both Trump and Gov. Jeb Bush have used the term “anchor babies” to refer to the children of undocumented immigrants.
When asked about the hate attack, Trump told the Boston Globe:
“It would be a shame . . . I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.”
Trump doesn’t sound like he’s very troubled by the attack. Why would he? Look how well he’s doing.
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