Donald Trump: Yes, My Supporters Were ’Nasty and Mean and Vicious’ During Campaign

You don't say. Donald Trump admitted that his supporters were not always well-behaved throughout his presidential campaign during the Florida stop of his “Thank You” tour on Friday, December 16.

“You people were vicious, violent, screaming, ‘Where’s the wall? We want the wall!’” he addressed his supporters at one point during the heated speech. “Screaming, ‘Prison! Prison! Lock her up!’ I mean, you were going crazy. I mean, you were nasty and mean and vicious and you wanted to win, right? But now, you’re mellow and you’re cool and you’re not nearly as vicious or violent, right? Because we won, right?”

The 70-year-old real estate mogul’s remarks come in sharp contrast to his characterization of his own rallies during the campaign, which at the time he called a “love fest” and “the safest place on Earth.”

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Donald Trump delivers remarks to cheering supporters at a rally in Orlando on Dec. 16, 2016. Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images

Several Trump supporters were charged with assault after attacking protesters at rallies throughout the nation — one man punched a 69-year-old woman at a rally in Asheville, North Carolina, in September.

During the event on Friday, chants of “Lock her up!” erupted from the crowd at the mention of Hillary Clinton’s name, and at one point, according to CNN, one supporter could even be heard loudly screaming, “Waterboard her!”

A reporter for the news station later tweeted that a man at the rally threw an empty water bottle in his direction and called him “trash” at the conclusion of the event.

The President-elect has been having an eventful week. On Wednesday, December 14, the former Apprentice host was angered by a scathing review of the Trump Grille, and took to Twitter to express his discontent.

“Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of @VanityFair Magazine,” he tweeted. “Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!”

In the review, writer Tina Nguyen slammed the restaurant’s mediocre menu items and called attention in particular to “Ivanka’s Salad,” which she described in her review as "a chopped approximation of a Greek salad, smothered in melting goat cheese and dressing and missing the promised olives, that seemed unlikely to appetize a SoulCycle-obsessed, smoothie-guzzling heiress.”

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