Donald Trump suggested he could shoot someone in a crowded area and still keep voters, speaking at a rally in Iowa Saturday.
Multiple reporters, including ones from CNN and CBS, quickly picked up Trump’s remarks.
“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue, shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters,” Trump said.
The Trump campaign could not immediately be reached for comment.
The specter of violence at a Trump rally is hardly new.
At a November rally in Alabama, at least six white attendees punched and kicked a black protester, CNN reported.
Less than a month later, at a rally in Las Vegas, multiple protesters were escorted from the audience as a cacophony of Trump supporters shouted out phrases including “He’s a Muslim,” “Sieg heil” and “Light the motherfucker on fire,” according to NBC News.
Last August, two white men who allegedly beat a homeless Hispanic man cited Donald Trump’s rhetoric as their motive.
“Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported,” Scott Leader, one of the men, allegedly told the police.
When asked about the alleged beating, Trump said that his followers are “very passionate.”