A protester was being led out of a Donald Trump event Wednesday night when a man attending the rally sucker-punched the protester in the face, videos show.
The incident, captured from multiple angles, involved security leading the protester, a black man, out of Trump’s Fayetteville, N.C. event when an apparently white man sporting a ponytail walks over and quickly punches the protester in the face as at least one member of security watched, recordings show.
The Washington Post interviewed the the protester, Rakeem Jones, who said the punch blindsided him.
“After I get it, before I could even gain my thoughts, I’m on the ground getting escorted out,” Jones said, adding, “I was basically in police custody and got hit.”
Shortly after the punch, men in uniforms that read “Sherrif’s Office” detained Rakeem on the ground. It’s not clear whether the man who assaulted him was detained.
Jones attend the rally with friends including a Muslim, a gay man and a white woman, he told The Post. He said “no one in our group attempted to get physical,” but said the woman with him began shouting after Trump’s speech began.
Other event attendees shouted back.
Ronnie Rouse, who was at the event with Jones, told The Post the audience members shouted “Go home n—–s” and “You need to get the f— out of there!”
Both the Sheriff’s Office of Cumberland County, where Fayetteville is located, and the city’s police denied detaining Jones, who was not arrested.
The altercation marks the latest violent incident between Trump supporters and protesters at the candidate’s events.
SOURCE: Josh Hafner