John McGraw, the 78-year-old, cowboy hat-wearing man who sucker punched a 26-year-old Black man at a rally for presidential candidate Donald Trump, has been arrested. Rakeem Jones was peacefully protesting at the event, along with several others, when McGraw lunged for him. McGraw has been charged with battery and disorderly conduct. This incident is just the latest example of increasing violence, chaos and racist rhetoric at Trump's rallies. The candidate has yet to denounce his supporters for their behavior.
Rakeem Jones was assaulted when he attended a Donald Trump rally in North Carolina.
“Boom, he caught me,” Jones told The Washington Post on Thursday about the white man who punched him in the face as he was exiting the event.
He attended the rally as a “social experiment” with a “diverse” group of four friends, including a white woman, a Muslim and a gay man. Jones said the woman began shouting once Trump’s speech began and the group of friends was eventually escorted out by police.
“No one in our group attempted to get physical,” Jones said.
As they peacefully exited, a man struck Jones hard on the side of his face, knocking him to the ground. Instead of helping him to his feet, authorities appeared to tackle him as if he had done something wrong.
“After I get it, before I can even gain my thoughts, I’m on the ground getting escorted out,” he recalled. “Now I’m waking up this morning looking at the news and seeing me getting hit again.”
Several videos shot by other rally attendees went viral as it clearly showed Jones had no fault in the incident.
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