Boston Police believe two brothers inspired by Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric beat up a homeless man because he was Hispanic, according to the Boston Globe.
“Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported,”38-year-old Scott Leader, one of the two alleged assailants, supposedly told police when they arrived on the scene Wednesday.
Leader and his brother Steve, who are white, allegedly assaulted the homeless man as he slept near a train stop, first urinating on him and then viciously beating him with their fists and a poll.
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Word of the beating spread and drew condemnation — except from Donald Trump.
Per the Boston Globe:
Mayor Martin J. Walsh said the brothers “should be ashamed of themselves.” Boston’s top prosecutor, Daniel F. Conley, called the case “sickening.”
Police Commissioner William B. Evans, a South Boston resident, said the brothers had given his neighborhood “a bad name.” He called it “a disgrace.”
Here’s how Trump responded to hearing about the beating, according to the Globe:
Trump, told of the alleged assault, said “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.”
In his presidential announcement speech, Trump called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and said they bring crime and drugs to America. That rhetoric has continued throughout his campaign, where he has called for a wall to be built between the U.S. and Mexico and to end birthright citizenship.
Both men pleaded not guilty to multiple assault charges with a dangerous weapon, indecent exposure, and making threats.
Authorities also allege that Steve Leader urinated on the the door of the jail cell he was in.
According to the Boston Globe, Scott Leader spent a year in prison after being convicted of a hate crime. He beat a Moroccan man a few days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.