Man Who Stormed and Disrupted Trump Rally Is #BlackLivesMatter Activist Mercutio Southall Jr.
AL.com identified the man tonight as prominent left-wing activist Mercutio Southall Jr.
In response to being asked about the protester being “roughed up,” Trump said: “I don’t know. Rough up? Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”
“The man that was — I don’t know, you say ‘roughed up’ — he was so obnoxious and so loud. He was screaming. I had 10,000 people in the room yesterday — 10,000 people. And this guy started screaming by himself,” Trump continued.
“I have lot of fans and they were not happy about it. And this was a very obnoxious guy, who was a troublemaker who was looking to make trouble,” he said.
Mercutio Southall Jr., a well-known Birmingham activist, heckled Trump during the rally. He said he was punched and then pushed down by attendees.