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Here’s How Many Times Protesters Interrupted Donald Trump’s Big Economic Speech

August 8, 2016, 5:59 PM UTC

Protesters interrupted Donald Trump more than a dozen times Monday while the Republican presidential nominee was outlining his economic vision for the country during a speech he delivered in Detroit.

Trump has been known to lash out at protesters at his events and at his critics during his campaign generally—most recently, the parents of a fallen Muslim Army captain. But he kept his cool Monday, pausing each time as hecklers in the crowd jeered. He was interrupted at least 13 times in total.

“This is all very well planned out,” Trump said of the protests.

Many on social media noted the number of times protesters interrupted the candidate, with several losing track and others keeping a close tally.


In his speech, the real estate mogul said he wanted to “jumpstart America” by cutting taxes for working families and businesses. He also blamed his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for Detroit’s low per capita income and high unemployment rate.

“In short, the city of Detroit is the living, breathing example of my opponent’s failed economic agenda,” Trump said. “Every policy that has failed this city, and so many others, is a policy supported by Hillary Clinton.”

“We are ready to dream great things for our country once again,” he said later. “We are ready to show the world that America is back—bigger and better and stronger than ever before.”