Trump Fan Denies Chanting 'Jew-S-A' at Rally, Reporter And Tape Say Otherwise
The Trump supporter caught on camera yelling "Jew S-A" instead of "U-S-A" at reporters during a recent Arizona rally insists he's no anti-Semite and offered up an eyebrow-raising explanation for his outburst.
"It had nothing to do with Jews," George Lindell told 12 News, the NBC affiliate in Phoenix.
Clad in a "Hillary for Prison 2016" T-shirt, Lindell claimed he heard Mexicans at the rally chanting and it sounded "like Jew-S-A."
"So I joined in with them in solidarity," he said.
Not true, said NBC reporter Ali Vitali who was sitting right in front of Lindell at the Sunday rally in Phoenix.
"The crowd may have been shouting U-S-A but this man was certainly — and deliberately — not," Vitali said. "And it wasn't an issue of solidarity,"
"The man was shouting so loudly and aggressively he was spitting every word he spoke," she said.
Vitali and other reporters captured on camera Lindell hectoring reporters and other media workers who were penned-up in the designated press area.
"We know who you are! You’re the enemy!” he shouted while a small child stood nearby.
Trump launched his campaign by vowing to build a wall on the Mexican border and claiming that country was sending over "rapists" and other violent criminals in the U.S. The GOP nominee's spokeswoman Hope Hicks said the campaign “strongly condemns this kind of rhetoric and behavior,” in a statement to Politico. "It is not acceptable at our rallies or elsewhere."
Later on CNN's "State of the Union," Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said of the man: "His conduct is completely unacceptable and does not reflect our campaign or our candidate. Wow."