Trump makes ‘hat’ joke after ejecting Sikh protester from rally


A Sikh man — who was escorted out of a Donald Trump rally — has hit back at the Republican presidential candidate by calling him ‘childish’.

Arish Singh, who wears a red turban, was ejected from Trump’s rally in Muscatine, Iowa on Monday after unfolding a banner that read ‘Stop Hate’.

Trump broke his address to the rally as Singh, 35, was being expelled along with his friend Taylor Williams as the crowd repeatedly chanted ‘ USA, USA’.

What Trump said from the platform as Singh was booed and forced out by security officials is perhaps even more concerning. He asked the audience: ‘He wasn’t wearing one of those hats, was he? And he never will, and that’s okay because we got to do something folks because it’s not working.’

After the flare up, Trump went on to talk about terrorist attacks in Paris and California and mentioned ‘hats’ more than a few times.  It was unclear whether it was a reference to Singh’s turban. However, Twitter users reacted with horror that such a connection could be made.

Speaking to Daily Mail Online Singh said: ‘I am not sure what he meant when he used the word “hat”.

‘But if he thought I was a Muslim, I would not have a problem with that because we all have to stand with Muslims and reject the hate that is being directed towards them.

‘How can anybody stand up and say Muslims should be banned from this country?’

While Singh admitted he had interrupted Trump’s address and his behavior had provoked Trump supporters, he said, “This country has a history of civil disobedience and I am proud of that.”

Further, he added :’Those people who cannot tell the difference between a Muslim and a Sikh should be embarrassed of themselves.

‘But I stand with the Muslims and I will always do what I can to stop the hating.’