Trump com­ment linked to beat­ing: po­lice

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

The Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment con­demned an at­tack on a sleep­ing home­less man that po­lice said was com­mit­ted by two broth­ers, one of whom said that Don­ald Trump was right about de­port­ing “all these il­le­gals.”

The broth­ers uri­nated on the 58-year-old man, punched him and beat him with a me­tal pole while he slept near a Bos­ton, Mas­sachusetts train sta­tion, po­lice said.

Daniel Her­nan­dez Joseph, the con­sul gen­eral of Mexico in Bos­ton, con­firmed the vic­tim was a Mex­i­can citizen. He said his gov­ern­ment would “take the nec­es­sary mea­sures to de­fend the rights and in­ter­ests of Mex­i­cans,” The Bos­ton Globe re­ported.

The broth­ers, Scott Leader and Steve Leader, were be­ing held with­out bail on charges in­clud­ing as­sault and in­de­cent ex­po­sure. They pleaded not guilty.

Wit­nesses flagged down a state trooper at about 12:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day af­ter they saw the at­tack and then saw the Lead­ers walk away laugh­ing, pros­e­cu­tors said. The vic­tim was treated for a bro­ken nose, se­ri­ous bruises and other in­juries.

Scott Leader told troop­ers af­ter his ar­rest, “Don­ald Trump was right, all these il­le­gals need to be de­ported,” ac­cord­ing to a state po­lice re­port filed in court.

Trump, a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date from the right-wing Repub­li­can Party, has in­flamed Lati­nos by de­scrib­ing Mex­i­can im­mi­grants as “crim­i­nals” and “rapists” and say­ing he would build a wall be­tween the United States and Mexico to crack down on illegal immigration. He re­cently said he would de­port the mil­lions of peo­ple al­ready in the United States il­le­gally, sort them into groups of “good ones” and “bad ones” and then al­low those deemed good to re-en­ter the coun­try.

Asked about the home­less man’s beat­ing be­fore a New Hamp­shire town hall on Wed­nes­day night, he said he hadn’t heard about it.

“I think that would be a shame,” he said, but de­clined to con­demn the at­tack. “I will say, the peo­ple that are fol­low­ing me are very pas­sion­ate. They love this coun­try. They want this coun­try to be great again. And they are very pas­sion­ate.”

He took a harder-line ap­proach on Fri­day.

“Bos­ton in­ci­dent is ter­ri­ble. We need energy and pas­sion, but we must treat each other with re­spect,” Trump tweeted Fri­day af­ter­noon. “I would never con­done vi­o­lence.”

At­tor­neys who ap­peared with the broth­ers for their ar­raign­ment couldn’t im­me­di­ately be reached for com­ment.

Mex­i­can of­fi­cials said they would fol­low the in­ves­ti­ga­tion “very closely” to en­sure that those re­spon­si­ble are held ac­count­able.

Court records show Scott Leader served a year in prison for a hate crime against a Moroccan cof­fee shop worker af­ter the Sept. 11, 2001, terror at­tacks, the Globe said.

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