Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Tuesday praised two audience members who tackled a protester at his rally in South Carolina.
"That was so great," Trump said after the takedown. "Who was the person who did that? Put up your hand, put up your hand. Bring that person up here. I love that."
Trump rallies are frequently raucous affairs that get confrontational, with the real estate mogul ejecting protesters and rallying supporters against them.
After summoning the two men at Tuesday's event to the stage, Trump asked them to speak to the crowd.
"Do not let them intimidate you!" the first man said of the protesters. Praising Trump's candidacy, he told supporters: "We need to get some fresh blood up there, some fresh thinking. Donald Trump, you're the best we've got by far!"
When the second man introduced himself as an Iraq war veteran, the crowd erupted into chants of "USA! USA! USA!"
"If it wasn't for Mr. Trump right here, I don't think any of us would have the voice that we have. This is the only man that's going to really bring America back," he said. "We need you."
Trump, retaking the stage, suggested the protesters had mental problems.
"A lot of them have bad thoughts beyond ..." he said, his voice trailing off. "I'm telling you, there's something going on."
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Editor's note: Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist,birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims -- 1.6 billion members of an entire religion -- from entering the U.S.
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