Windmills are apparently not the only benign object that former President Donald Trump sees as a potentially deadly threat to human life.
In a transcript of a statement he made as part of a lawsuit against protesters allegedly attacked by his private security forces in front of his eponymous skyscraper in New York City, the twice-indicted ex-president became his admonition to campaigners in February 2016 polled rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to “shoot off” anyone they might see as they prepare to throw a tomato.
When asked if he recalled making such a statement, Mr Trump replied: “Oh yes. It was very dangerous,” and said he and his entourage had been “threatened.”
When the lawyer who dropped him off asked what he had been threatened with, Mr Trump said “they would throw fruit at him” and stressed that he had been made aware of such a threat.
“We were told. I actually thought the Secret Service was involved. But we were told. And you get hit with fruit, it’s – no, it’s very violent stuff. We were on the alert for that,” he recalls.
Mr Trump told the lawyer that his remark telling the crowd to “kick the shit out of ‘wannabe fruit slingshots’ was something of a hoax.
When asked if he was trying to “encourage people to get involved in violence,” the ex-president said no.
“I wanted people to be ready because we were made aware that they were going to bear fruit. And some fruit is much worse than – tomatoes are bad, by the way. But it’s very dangerous,” he said.
Mr Trump said he would have paid the legal fees of anyone who would have followed his direction to stop an imminent tomato throw but reminded that such intervention was not required.
The lawyer also asked him if he expected his private security guards to “throw the crap out” of would-be tomato throwers.
Mr Trump responded that his concern was not limited to tomatoes but also included potentially tossed pineapples and “many other things”.
“Yes, I think they have to be aggressive to prevent that. Because if that happens, you can be killed if that happens,” he said.
Asked if “becoming aggressive” referred to physical violence, Mr Trump said it would mean “stop someone from throwing pineapples, tomatoes, bananas and the like”.
“Yes, it’s dangerous stuff,” he added.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/donald-trump-described-fear-of-being-hit-by-tomatoes-at-speech-during-deposition-its-very-violent-stuff-41595857.html Donald Trump described fear of being hit by tomatoes while giving speech: ‘It’s very violent stuff’