Trump Fanboy and Brother Allegedly Beat and Urinated on a Homeless Hispanic Man in Dorchester
Update: Friday, 12:43 p.m.
Boston incident is terrible. We need energy and passion, but we must treat each other with respect. I would never condone violence.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2015
Two brothers from South Boston have been charged with the assault of a homeless Hispanic man in Dorchester—an attack inspired, in part, by disparaging comments made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump regarding Mexican immigrants.
Scott and Steve Leader were on their way home from the Red Sox game when they came upon the man sleeping near the JFK-UMass Red Line station in Dorchester, according to state police. After ripping away the man’s blanket, picking through his belongings, and urinating on him, the Leader brothers beat the 58-year-old, who remembers being hit with a metal pole, police say.
The homeless man was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was treated for a broken nose and bruises on his head and torso. Held without bail, the Leader brothers appeared in Dorchester District Court Wednesday, pleading not guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon, indecent exposure, and making threats—all while hiding behind a half-open door to avoid cameras.
“Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported,” Scott Leader, 38, allegedly told police while in custody. Steve Leader, meanwhile, allegedly urinated on his cell door.
Vitriolic rhetoric opposing illegal immigration in no uncertain terms has become the hallmark of Trump’s campaign.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said during the announcement of his presidential bid. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Upon hearing the news, Trump took the opportunity to slap a campaign slogan on the alleged beating, telling the Boston Globe, “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.”
“Passionate” is a polite word.