A Sikh man in Iowa was removed from a rally held by Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpJan. 24.
The man, who was wearing a bright red turban, was conducting a peaceful protest by displaying a banner that read “Stop Hate” when the GOP frontrunner began an anti-Muslim speech.
It wasn’t long before the protester, who began his impromptu protest when Trump began speaking about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was ushered out of the rally.
“We have radical Islamic terror going on all over the place, all over the world, and we have a president that won’t say it,” Trump, who is campaigning in the Midwest state ahead of a pivotal caucus, stated. “When planes fly into the World Trade Center, and into the Pentagon, and wherever the third plane was going.
“When people are shooting their friends in California, when they’re shooting their friends,” he continued.
And when the Sikh protester raised his banner, Trump said, “Bye. Bye. Goodbye.”
“He wasn’t wearing one of those hats was he? And he never will, and that’s OK because we got to do something folks because it’s not working,” Trump said.
As the lone protester was taken out of the rally, Trump supporters were chanting, “U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A.”
NBC News adds: One of the protesters — Arish Singh, a Sikh American man — responded to the incident on Jan. 24, tweeting, “I am not a Muslim. But you don’t have to be a Muslim to stand against anti-Muslim bigotry.”
Singh and another man were escorted out of the rally in Muscatine, Iowa, as members of the audience chanted, “USA!”
“Mr. Trump’s denigration of a Sikh man falls within a larger pattern of negative statements against minority communities,” The Sikh Coalition’s Simran Jeet Singh told NBC News. “Comments and actions such as these are especially dangerous given the sheer amount of hate violence that Sikh Americans are experiencing today. Every time he does something like this, it has negative consequences for Americans of all backgrounds.”
Gurwin Ahuja, executive director of the National Sikh Campaign, told NBC News. “It is unfortunate that this man was removed from this rally with applause when his turban represents values that are at the heart of the American ethic.”
Trump, as of the latest polls, leads the GOP candidates with his nearest rival Ted Cruz. The Iowa Caucus is scheduled for Feb. 1.