A ponytailed white man in a cowboy hat sucker-punched a black protester at a Trump rally. Police tackled the protester.
One witness said he heard someone in the crowd shout, “Go home n––s.”
Trump rallies are getting a reputation for violence by Trump supporters against disruptive protesters. Police in Fayetteville had to form a line separating pro- and anti-Trump groups outside the coliseum.
According to CBS New York, police are investigating at least two alleged assaults at a recent Kentucky rally. One involved a young African American woman who was repeatedly shoved and called “scum.”
Trump himself has not been quick to criticize the violence. After a fight erupted between protesters and police last year in Birmingham, Trump said: “‘Maybe he should have been roughed up.” Of a protester in Nevada last month, Trump said: “I’d like to punch him in the face.” In Kentucky, he said: “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.”
Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields says she was assaulted by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski when she tried to ask Trump a question at a press conference Tuesday.