A Muslim woman was removed from a Donald Trump rally in Rock Hill, S.C. Friday night for standing up in a silent protest during the candidate's speech.
Rose Hamid, 56, and Marty Rosenbluth said they chose to attend the rally to show Trump supporters what Muslims are like.
"I figured that most Trump supporters probably never met a Muslim so I figured that I'd give them the opportunity to meet one," Hamid said, according to a news report.
She and her husband, both wearing gold stars like those worn by Jews during the Holocaust, did not attend the event with intentions of verbally disrupting the rally, but when Trump called for a temporary ban on admitting Syrian refugees, they chose to stand as an act of silent protest.
Despite the message Hamid wore on her shirt, "Salam, I come in peace," the fact that they stood up bothered those sitting around them.
Security immediately retrieved the two who stood along with two others wearing stars and attempted to escort them out, a move many in the packed arena cheered.
Video footage shows the Hamid and Rosenbluth being booed on their way out; one man shouted, "You have a bomb, you have a bomb," Hamid said.
"The ugliness really came out fast and that's really scary," she added.
Following the dismissal, Trump told attendees, "There is hatred against us that is unbelievable. It's their hatred, not our hatred."
Local police defended their interjection, telling CNN they were instructed by Trump's campaign team to remove "anybody who made any kind of disturbance."
This kind of silent protest may be a first for Trump, who is currently ranked second in the Washington Examiner's presidential power rankings.
Despite her early exit, Hamid did manage to speak with the Trump supporters sitting around her in the stands, several of whom held her hand and said "sorry" as she was forced to leave the venue.
"The people around me who I had an opportunity to talk with were very sweet," she said. "The people I did not make contact with, the people who Trump influenced were really nasty."
One woman Hamid spoke with in line remarked that she "didn't look scary," but "like a good one."
"People don't have a chance to see anything other than the Muslims they see on TV," Hamid said, pointing to footage of terrorists and Islamist militants.
Hamid said before the event that she was not concerned for her safety, explaining her ardent belief that "people are mostly decent."
After her chaotic exit, Hamid remained optimistic about the character of most people — even those who shouted at her to "get out" — instead blaming Trump's heated rhetoric and outsized influence.
"This demonstrates how when you start dehumanizing the other it can turn people into very hateful, ugly people," she said. "It needs to be known."