Violence surrounding Donald Trump at his rallies and other official events is dominating the headlines in the hours before tonight’s GOP debate in Miami, Fla. As Twitchy reported, a 78-year-old man was charged with assault and battery after sucker-punching protester Rakeem Jones at Trump’s rally in Fayetteville, N.C.
The man accused of throwing the punch, which was caught on video, was identified as John McGraw. “Inside Edition” caught up with McGraw, whom they described as “unrepentant” in an interview. McGraw told Inside Edition, “You bet I liked it. Knocking the hell out of that big mouth.”
Remember how former University of Missouri assistant professor Melissa Click claimed she went searching for “muscle” to eject a student reporter from a protest because she feared he might be packing a firearm? McGraw put that excuse to shame, claiming he suspected the protester might be a member of ISIS.
— Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) March 10, 2016
He deserved it? This is sounding more like Trump’s campaign manager explaining the bruises on Michelle Fields’ arm.
@rebeccagberg thats terrifying
— Ben Greenberg (@Benjy_Greenberg) March 10, 2016
— Matt Blumenfeld (@MABlumenfeld) March 10, 2016
— Jeff Neufeld (@jeffneufeld) March 10, 2016
— sandismall (@SmallSandi) March 10, 2016
@rebeccagberg So, an old weirdo shows up at your party and punches a guy. Your fault? No. His fault. Simple.
— Bill Shmeck (@Trrrrump4prez) March 10, 2016
@rebeccagberg also… at least one protester from that rally is being prosecuted because they got violent first. Just to be clear…
— the Truth aint on TV (@HollyIsYou) March 10, 2016
@rebeccagberg Shouldnt u also post the other guy admitting to flipping off and saying F-you' as well? I see neither pure here.
— Spirit of America (@TheSpiritofUSA) March 10, 2016
@rebeccagberg Jones was waving arms to antagonize crowd, stopping to yell profanity to those behind McGraw.Both should be prosecuted.
— Skip Coogler (@SkipCoogler) March 10, 2016
— virginia woods (@virginiawoods) March 10, 2016