Thousands of gorillas marched in protest outside the Cincinnati Zoo today after zookeepers shot a 450-pound western lowland gorilla with a rifle to save the life of a 3-year-old boy who had slipped into the gorilla's enclosure.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called the protesting gorillas "paid agitators" and "thugs."
"These are very bad gorillas, very bad," Trump told a rally in Anaheim. "They're the most dishonest gorillas I've ever seen, they're slime. Believe me. Believe me. And by the way, they're slime."
Trump claimed that billionaire liberal activist George Soros paid to bus the gorilla protesters to Cincinnati.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sided with the protesting gorillas. Sanders tearfully told reporters that Harambe, the deceased gorilla, "could have been my son."
President Obama was more guarded in his remarks, telling reporters he "didn't know all the facts yet," but that the zookeepers "acted stupidly."