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Kasich: Trump Supporters' Reaction to Muslim Protester Un-Republican

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By    |   Saturday, 09 Jan 2016 03:53 PM

Donald Trump's supporters were acting un-Republican on Friday when a Muslim woman who stood to silently protest his speech was ejected from the South Carolina event, rival candidate John Kasich said Saturday.

'We are people who can tolerate differences and respect people," the Ohio governor said Saturday during a panel forum at the Kemp Foundation Forum on Expanding Opportunity Saturday in Columbia, South Carolina, reports The Hill.

The forum was being interrupted by protesters, who House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis, ignored, but Kasich used the chance to criticize Trump and his reaction to the protest waged by Rose Hamid.

Wearing a hijab, the woman stood up in protest after Trump said refugees coming out of Syria were affiliated with ISIS. Hamid, a 56-year-old flight attendant, was wearing a shirt that read "Salam. I come in peace" and stood in silence when the rest of the crowd sat.

As Hamid was being escorted out, Trump supporters booed her and waved placards with his name in her face, and she later told CNN one supporter accused her of having a bomb.

Trump told the rally afterward that there is "hatred against us that is unbelievable...it's their hatred. It's not our hatred."

But a prominent Muslim advocacy group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), condemned Hamid's removal and called on Trump to apologize.

“I saw a crowd booing this woman who was being escorted,” Kasich said Saturday. “That is not the Republican Party...I mean, we are people that can tolerate differences and respect people, and this is just nonsense. “That is not the Republican Party.”

Immigration protesters booed another GOP candidate, Marco Rubio, reports The Blaze, shouting "undocumented and afraid" at the senator.

“I thought about handling them the way another candidate does,” Rubio joked, not mentioning Trump by name.

Rubio, Kasich and four other Republican presidential candidates appeared during the forum, which was also moderated by South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott. Trump was not at the South Carolina forum.

Kasich later admitted that his comments could hurt him in the GOP primaries, reports Breitbart, but told reporters there are more important things than winning, as "this is not some high school basketball game."

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