It's no secret that Donald Trump can elicit various responses whether you're a supporter or a protester, but on Wednesday, at a rally for the GOP hopeful in Fayetteville, North Carolina, that passion turned to violence!
In a video released online (below), Rakeem Jones, a Trump rally protester, was being escorted out of the venue when he decided to flip the audience off. Moments later, 78-year-old John McGraw out of nowhere hit Jones in the face!
The victim chatted with The Washington Post about the incident saying:
"Boom, he caught me. After I get it, before I could even gain my thoughts, I'm on the ground getting escorted out. Now I'm waking up this morning looking at the news and seeing me getting hit again."
What's even worse is Jones was supposedly being escorted out by police when he was hit, and after the punch, the police decided to detain and take Rakeem to the ground! WHAT?
Ch-ch-check out the shocking video (below) for yourself.
According to the young man, he was at the Trump rally with four of his friends as a "social experiment" and was not happy at all with how the authorities treated him saying:
"It's happening at all these rallies now and they're letting it ride. The police jumped on me like I was the one swinging. My eye still hurts. It's just shocking. The shock of it all is starting to set in. It's like this dude really hit me and they let him get away with it. I was basically in police custody and got hit."
But it gets even crazier as there was footage that Inside Edition published (below) of McGraw being interviewed after he hit the man. Shockingly, the 78-year-old brags about the punch and says "next time we might have to kill him." Whoa.
The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office spokesperson, named Sean Swain, has said McGraw was charged with assault and disorderly conduct as a result of the altercation and has a court date set for April.
Hillary Clinton has since commented on the incident talking with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow adding:
"Count me among those who are truly distraught and even appalled by a lot of what I see going on, what I hear being said. You know, you don't make America great by, you know, dumping on everything that made America great, like freedom of speech and assembly and, you know, the right of people to protest."
Well said! As for Donald, he hasn't exactly done anything to stop the violence at his events as he's previously said of a protester at a Nevada rally:
"I'd like to punch him in the face."
Yikes! While on the road in Kentucky, the businessman said of another protester:
"Get him out. Try not to hurt him. If you do I'll defend you in court. … Are Trump rallies the most fun? We're having a good time."
We understand that people have a lot of emotions about Trump, but we think it's disgusting that anyone would resort to violence, whether you support Donald or not.