"Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported." the two men said, according to police, as they urinated on and beat a helpless homeless man with a metal pipe with no regard for his life.
Donald Trum responded hours later with regret.
Trump, the current primary Republican front-runner had not heard about the incident when reporters asked him about before a town hall event Wednesday night, he nonetheless said it would "be a shame." But he quickly switched the response to applaud those who echo his views.
"I will say, the people that are following me are very passionate," Trump said. "They love this country, they want this country to be great again."
Scott Leader, 38, and his brother, Steve Leader, 30 were identified by police as the suspects and were being held in jail without bond Thursday. Authorities say they were on their way home from a Red Sox game when they came upon the victim sleeping near a train station, according to a police report.
Witnesses told police that the two men repeated beat the victim with a metal pole and walked away gleefully laughing, according to a press release from the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
The elder Leader brother, Scott, later told police they attacked him because he was "homeless," "Hispanic," and an "illegal immigrant."
The victim told police that he awoke to the men urinating on him. He was brought to Boston Medical Center to be treated for a broken nose and serious bruising across his ribs, among other injuries.
The victim is not undocumented, according to a Social Security number for the man listed in the police report but blacked out for privacy reasons. Social Security numbers are issued to U.S. citizens and authorized workers, according to the Social Security Administration website.
The Leader brothers, facing a number of assault and battery charges as well as gross lewdness, were ordered to be held without bail Wednesday, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. They are expected back in court on Sept. 3.
Calls to their lawyers were not immediately returned Thursday.
The physical attack comes after Trump's bombastic and divisive immigration proposals have made international headlines in his White House campaign.
Trump has called for revoking citizenship of babies born in the U.S. to undocumented parents, mass deportation of undocumented immigrants and building a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border that he will make Mexico pay for,