Protester Throw Tomatoes at Trump After He Calls Bernie Sanders a Communist
Donald Trump faced a tough crowd last night in Iowa City, leaving the stage early after constant boos, whistles, and even tomatoes thrown by protesters.
The tomatoes were thrown after the billionaire Republican front-runner called Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders a communist, according to Daily Iowan reporter Brent Griffiths.
Man just threw a tomato at Trump after he called Bernie Sanders a communist. #iacaucus— Brent Griffiths (@BrentGriffiths) January 27, 2016
Trump was in Iowa City last night, home of the state’s largest public university, attempting to woo young voters. But according to Iowans on the scene last night, Trump was forced to make an early exit just 40 minutes into his stump speech after constant disruptions from the crowd. One photo of the tomato thrown at Trump, apparently by a young man wearing a shirt that read “HEIL TRUMPLER 2016” is currently making its rounds on Twitter:
Someone threw a tomato at Trump during the rally. These are the remnants. pic.twitter.com/JmifV9M86D— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) January 27, 2016
The man who threw the tomato at Trump was apparently arrested on the spot, and University of Iowa police say a press release on the incident is forthcoming. As of this writing, the press release has not yet been posted on the police department’s website, and their arrest docket has not yet been updated to reflect last night’s arrest of the Trump tomato-thrower.
In one particularly telling question posted on Quora.com, someone seeking legal advice asked what would happen if someone were to throw a tomato at Donald Trump during one of his campaign rallies. A former criminal prosecutor told the person posing the question that their action would likely result in criminal charges and financial ruin:
Q: If I went to a Trump rally and threw a tomato at Trump, what could the legal ramifications be?
A: Primarily, you’d probably be arrested and charged with assault. Secondarily, you might be sued in civil court by Trump, which would pretty much decimate your net worth.
Despite the potential criminal implications of the action, the reactions to the tomato-throwing on social media were overwhelmingly positive:
Someone threw a tomato at Trump last night while he was in Iowa City and I've never been more proud to live here— Lily Neumann (@LilyKatherine13) January 27, 2016
Watching people generously chip in to pay the $1000 bail money for the guy threw that tomato at Trump.— Arish Singh (@arishish) January 27, 2016
Did someone really throw a tomato at trump tonight? 😂
— Tara Favia (@tarafavia) January 27, 2016
You can see the two tomatoes flying toward Trump in the first 10 seconds of this video: