Trump Mocks MSNBC Host Ali Velshi For Getting Shot With Rubber Bullet At Protest: ‘It Was The Most Beautiful Thing’
On September 18, President Donald Trump mocked MSNBC journalist Ali Velshi for being shot by a rubber bullet during one of the George Floyd protests back in May.
When speaking at a large rally in Minnesota, the president mentioned the protests against racial inequality as well as poking fun at Velshi and his crew who were shot by police when reporting live from Minneapolis.
Trump commented, “I remember this guy Velshi. He got hit in the knee with a canister of tear gas and he went down. He was down. ‘My knee, my knee.’ Nobody cared, these guys didn’t care, they moved him aside.”
“And they just walked right through. It was the most beautiful thing. No, because after we take all that crap for weeks and weeks, and you finally see men get up there and go right through them, wasn’t it really a beautiful sight? It’s called law and order,” he added.
Velshi responded on Twitter with “What law did I break while covering an entirely peaceful (yes, entirely peaceful) march?”
So, @realDonaldTrump, you call my getting hit by authorities in Minneapolis on 5/30/20 (by a rubber bullet, btw, not a tear gas cannister) a “beautiful thing” called “law and order”. What law did I break while covering an entirely peaceful (yes, entirely peaceful) march?
— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) September 19, 2020
A spokesperson from MSNBC said, “Freedom of the press is a pillar of our democracy. When the President mocks a journalist for the injury he sustained while putting himself in harm’s way to inform the public, he endangers thousands of other journalists and undermines our freedoms.”