- The Washington Times - Monday, March 21, 2016

A police officer’s video slamming protesters at a Donald Trump rally in Tucson, Arizona, has gone viral.

Tucson Police Officer Brandon Tatum, who is black, said he attended Saturday’s rally in order to judge for himself what Mr. Trump’s supporters are like. He posted a video on Facebook saying his experience wasn’t at all what he expected, and that he felt the most unsafe around the anti-Trump protesters.

The officer said he encountered protesters who were “verbally violent” — shouting “black lives matter,” holding up their middle fingers and screaming “f— Donald Trump” in the presence of little children.

“I could not believe what I saw,” Officer Tatum said in the video. “I’m talking about cussing and screaming. … There was somebody wearing a Klu Klux Klan hat saying ‘F’ Donald Trump, flipping people off. … You had families down there. I seen this one lady covering her daughter’s ears, because these people are just outlandish and out of control.”

The officer went on to lament the media’s representation of Mr. Trump’s rowdy rally-goers. He said that prior to the event the Trump campaign made an announcement over the loudspeakers instructing attendees not to provoke the protesters.

“That was another thing I didn’t see portrayed in the media, that they are given a disclaimer,” Officer Tatum said. “I’m an African-American man. I had no problems with people going against me and trying to hurt me and trying to kick me out.”

Instead, he said the main problem at the Trump rally was the disruptive protesters “acting a fool.”

“They’re calling [Mr. Trump] a racist … and the funny thing is, these people are the most hateful, evil people that I have ever seen,” the officer said of the protesters.

“People were directly yelling at me as if I’m a criminal, and all I’m trying to do is just hear what the man has to say,” he said. “I’m a police officer and I have been through a lot of dramatic situations and I have to be honest, I felt very uncomfortable there.”

Officer Tatum said that he also gained a newfound respect for Mr. Trump, who he said is being treated unfairly by the press.

“I was very impressed that he wasn’t a crazy psychopath like some would say,” he said. “I think that if you want to know the truth about stuff, you got to examine it, you got to physically show up. You show up to events and you’ll get a perspective of what’s really going on and you won’t have to listen to what anybody else says.”

“This was an eye opening experience for me,” Officer Tatum added.

His video had been viewed more than 740,000 times as of Monday afternoon.

Actress and Fox News contributor Stacey Dash hailed Officer Tatum as a “brave American” for “executing his patriotic duty” to reject the media narrative and experience a Trump rally firsthand.

“The Liberal Media and the Establishment continues to manipulate the facts,” Ms. Dash wrote in a Monday blog post. “This first hand account proves that the violent, un-American mob of Anti-Trump protestors are proxies for Liberal socialists who want to control uneducated people from lower socioeconomic classes.

“Trump will get the minority vote for the Republican Nominee, because the hard working, intelligent minorities in this great country will see the truth. … They just need to hear it,” she wrote.

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