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NC pair thrown from Trump rally tried to make statement about hate

Posted January 11, 2016
Updated January 12, 2016

— At a Donald Trump rally on Friday, two protesters from North Carolina gained worldwide attention.

Rose Hamid, a Muslim woman from Charlotte, and Marty Rosenbluth, an attorney from Durham, still have the yellow stars they wore to the rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

“My goal going in was to be as respectful as possible,” said Hamid.

They said they stood in place as the presidential candidate spoke about the current White House and radical Islam. Hamid and Rosenbluth were escorted out and, on way to the door, Hamid said a Trump supporter yelled at her.

“He was in my face, and he was saying ‘Do you have a bomb? Do you have a bomb with you,'” said Hamid. “I kept a smile on my face and I said ‘No, I do not have a bomb. Do you have a bomb?’”

A few steps away, another man jeered and told the pair “We don’t want you here.”

Hamid and other protestors wore yellow stars, which was Rosenbluth’s idea. He said they were meant to send a message.

“I just got fed up with the amount of racism and hate he was trying to stir up,” Rosenbluth said of Trump. “This is what the Nazis did, and we are nervous and afraid the same thing may happen here.”

Hamid said she was there to make a human connection with people at the rally and, in a few cases, she feels she did.

“[A woman] grabbed my hand and said ‘I am sorry this has happened to you,’ and that was a Trump supporter and I want that to get out because I do not want this to be more divisive.”

Attempts to contact the Trump campaign about Friday’s incident were not returned.


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  • Jennifer Hulford Jan 12, 2016
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    Wow. Trump actually has that many humans bamboozled? Enough to fill a room? We should never have cut mental health spending in this nation.

  • Fanny Chmelar Jan 12, 2016
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    Wow. Someone doesn't like the 1st Amendment. And revels in the the hyperbole around what a Muslim is.

    Kinda gross, but that seems like what Trump supporters are all about. Shooting themselves int he foot!

  • Paul Maxwell Jan 12, 2016
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    Please cite your sources for your ''facts"." ...fighting Islam since the beginning of this country"? How, where and why? NOBODY gave a d**n about who was killing who in the Middle East before oil was discovered under the sand. "Every bloodshed..." ? Really? Ever hear of Marathon? The Crusades? Napoleon? Little Big Horn? Pearl Harbor? I think a whole bunch of people should get their heads out of their bum and read. Oh, and turn off Fox and Limbaugh.

  • Sonja Yagel Jan 12, 2016
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    This was a rally to support Trump, if she was not there to support him she should not have been there to protest. There are a lot of politicians I don't like or support so I do not go to their gatherings. She asked for what she got. Muslims should focus on their own inhumane treatment of their fellow man before taking up protesting someone else. Clean up their act first and then protest.

  • Gilbert Woods Jan 12, 2016
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    Ms. Alto,
    What have you done to protect your country?

  • Gerald Elliott Jan 12, 2016
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    Give me a break.

  • Sandra Elizabeth Jan 12, 2016
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  • Mark Cooper Jan 12, 2016
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    Links to websites do not prove anything as you can find something supporting all sides on this issue, not all of quality.

    We choose to read and believe diff things. Things you choose to read lead you to believe the people of the Jewish faith are more dangerous to us than radical Muslims and that is your choice and one I do not happen to agree with at all. You may also check the reputation of the links you supply. globalresearch.org (and .ca,) is known for its questionable interpretation of the facts and or writing criteria for the data to result in what they desired. I do not put any value in their articles. I would love to see something on that from several reputable news orgs on the topic of Jewish terrorism since you referred to it as worse than radical Muslim terrorism. I am also not familiar with any reporting on Jewish terrorist cells.

    Do you really feel people of the Jewish faith are terrorist like radical Muslims?

  • B.c. Jimmy Jan 12, 2016
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    Thrown? Really?

  • Johnathan Doe Jan 12, 2016
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    when you rent a venue you are leasing it and as such can remove those you want removed. this was obviously a stunt and it was correct to send them on their way. you may have freedom of speech but that is limited. it is interesting that any effort to get control of our borders is "racism" and "hate." this is why there is nothing progressive about liberalism. just status quo leaving the country mired in real problems/threats.