“You don’t know until you test it, but I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon. I think most of the people in this room would have done that too because I know most of you . . . . The way [the sheriff’s deputies] performed was really a disgrace.” -President Trump, 2/26/18
President Trump was roundly mocked throughout the establishment “news” media for claiming that, unlike the sheriff’s deputies in Broward County, he would have “run in there” to save the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, even if he didn’t have a gun.
I mocked him too.
Well, both the establishment “news” media and I have egg on our faces because it turns out that Trump did once intervene unarmed in a mugging in progress.
According to a November 20, 1991, article by James Rosen (who ultimately would become the chief Washington correspondent for Fox News) in the New York Daily News (copied above), on November 18, 1991, Trump was being driven in his limousine with his then-wife Marla Maples headed to a Paula Abdul concert when he saw “a big guy with a big bat” beating up another person. Trump immediately ordered his driver to pull over, and, ignoring pleas from his wife to stay in the vehicle, got out and confronted the mugger.
In the Daily News article, Trump described what happened next: “The guy with the bat looked at me, and I said, ‘Look, you’ve gotta stop this. Put down the bat. I guess he recognized me because he said, ‘Mr. Trump, I didn’t do anything wrong.’ I said, ‘How could you not do anything wrong when you’re whacking a guy with a bat?’ Then he ran away.”
Trump’s account was corroborated by an unnamed witness who also spoke with the Daily News: “All of a sudden, a big long limousine pulls up on an angle, and Donald Trump pops out with the blond, too. There was a guy with a bat, hitting a guy over the head, and Trump yelled, ‘Put that bat down. What are you doing?’ The guy dropped the bat, came over and started talking to him.”
The establishment “news” media will never report this episode or admit that they were wrong to mock Trump yesterday, but I choose to be more intellectually honest and honorable. I was wrong to mock you, Mr. President, and I apologize.
Author: Ken Falkenstein
Ken Falkenstein is the Managing Editor of Committed Conservative and brings a wealth of experience and expertise in public affairs to the job. Ken served in the U.S. Army in the last years of the Cold War as a Russian linguist for military intelligence and the NSA. After leaving the Army, he earned his degree in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University, where he also wrote a popular column in the student newspaper.
Upon graduation, Ken worked as a Legislative Aide to two Republican members of the Virginia House of Delegates. Ken also served as Corresponding Secretary of the Young Republican Federation of Virginia, managed several successful political campaigns, and managed governmental affairs operations for a local Realtor association.
In 1995, Ken moved to Washington, DC to serve as a Legislative Assistant to Sen. John Warner (R-VA). While working for Sen. Warner, Ken attended law school at night, earning his J.D. with honors from the George Mason University School of Law (n/k/a The Antonin Scalia Law School). Since that time, Ken has practiced as a civil litigation attorney, including serving for three years as an Associate City Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Ken previously was a contributor to the highly-regarded political blog Bearing Drift and was a weekly co-host of The Steve Batton Radio Program. In 2016, Ken ran unsuccessfully for the Virginia Beach School Board. Ken is also a former President of the Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads.
Ken now lives outside of Denver, Colorado with his wife, Kim, and three sons, Adam, Dylan, and Joshua, who has Down syndrome. Ken’s writing is motivated and informed primarily by his concern for his kids’ future.