A man who called himself “Bacon Trump” appeared in front of thousands of cheering supporters at a campaign rally in Florida on Friday.
As he did before, Trump used the opportunity to talk about his wife, Melania, who he has said has been the biggest influence on his life.
“She’s my wife, she’s my mother, she has been with me,” Trump said, as he urged the crowd to “get on their knees and prayer” in reference to a controversial speech she gave at the Republican National Convention earlier this month.
The speech was interrupted by a woman, clad in a long-sleeved white shirt and white shorts, who interrupted him and called for a “savage response” against the “evil people” who she said were orchestrating the violence in Baltimore.
The incident left the man, whose name was not revealed, momentarily stunned.
He continued to call for an end to the violence and called the woman a “bitch” who was “stealing the show.”
“You know, it ain’t no big deal,” Trump continued.
“We got a couple of weeks left.
We ain’t going to be able to win the general election.
The people that are in this state, they ain’t voting for us.
They ain’t supporting us.
I mean, you know what I’m saying?
I’ve got a lot of people who want me to do well.
And the people that want me in trouble are the bad people.”
A Trump supporter held up a sign with the word “bacon” written on it as a reference to the Republican presidential candidate’s wife.
Trump did not address the woman, but his supporters quickly left the room as she exited the auditorium.
Trump has made the same call to supporters before, and he has used the speech to promote his wife’s book, which includes a chapter about how she overcame her struggles as a working-class single mother.
On Friday, the two men shared a hug and then made a few remarks that included the use of the word, “bastard,” as an adjective for those who commit violence.
“Bacon” is also an epithet for women, Trump said.
The rally was the first since the former president made a surprise appearance at a Democratic event in Philadelphia that was later cancelled.
“We’ve been very busy with a lot going on right now,” said David Axelrod, the former White House adviser who is now a senior adviser at the super PAC Correct the Record.
“And we wanted to do something to give people a sense of what’s going on, but also to let people know that the president has been busy.”
As the event drew to a close, a group of protesters gathered outside the venue.
They held signs with “Bastard Trump” and chanted, “Not in our streets, Not in our cities.”
Some protesters shouted “I’m here, I’m here!” and held signs that read, “We love you, we love you” and “I don’t want you here, please don’t hurt us.”
The crowd erupted in cheers as Trump spoke and a large crowd of supporters, many of them clad in black, broke into applause.