Television would have us believe it’s a Vaudeville tradition to hurl fruit at bad actors while they’re on the stage. Well, someone took that literally in Iowa when they hurled tomatoes at GOP front-runner Donald Trump during a Tuesday night rally while wearing a T-shirt reading,
Tuesday was a busy day for Donald Trump. Not only did he reignite his one-sided feud with Megyn Kelly, but he and Fox News broke up yet again, with Trump promising not to attend the upcoming Republican debate hosted by Fox News.
“I’ve been to six of these things,” Trump told the audience in the University of Iowa Field House, adding the Democrats were done with their debates and asking how many debates the Republicans needed. He also said every poll after every debate showed him as the clear winner.
He abandoned ship ahead of the caucuses, promising to host some sort of fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Foundation.
The room was packed, and not all of them were supporters. Police wound up arresting one of them — 28-year-old Andrew Joseph Alemao (I’m mostly fluent in Portuguese, so my instinct is to stick a tilde over the last ‘a’ in ‘Alemao,’ but I’ll refrain) — for hurling tomates at the Teflon Don.
Alemao was charged with misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and is at Johnson County Jail. If convicted, he could face 30 days in jail and a fine.
When he was arrested, he was wearing a T-shirt with the words “Heil Trumpler” across the front. I don’t approve of the stunt, but I totally approve of the T-shirt.
As an interesting and tangentially related aside, his last name, alemão, is Portuguese for “German.” Just like how Trump is a metonymic occupation name referring to a trumpeter in English (trumpe is “trumpet” in Middle English), drummer in German (trumpe is “drum” in Middle High German), or a person capable of making a lot of pointless and irritating noise in either language.
There were other protesters, but only Mr. Alemao was arrested.
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