Trump Supporter on Assaulting Black Man at Rally: 'Next Time We Might Have to Kill Him'

(Photo: Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office)

Trump Supporter on Assaulting Black Man at Rally: 'Next Time We Might Have to Kill Him'

The 78-year-old said Rakeem Jones was not "acting like an American."

Published March 12, 2016

A Donald Trump supporter was recently caught on tape punching a Black man during a rally on Wednesday in Fayetteville, N.C., and while he has since been charged, he's anything but remorseful. In fact, he recently told Inside Edition, "next time we might have to kill him."

While a 26-year-old Black man identified as Rakeem Jones was being escorted out of the event by police officers, John McGraw, 78, clocked him in the face, without him seeing it coming. A news station caught up with McGraw right after he attacked the unsuspecting man, and his response was disturbing: "You bet I liked it," he said. "Knocking the hell out of that big mouth."

He went on to try to justify the assault, saying Jones wasn't "acting like an American." That's not all, though. He made even more ridiculous speculations about Jones' identity:

"Number one, we don't know if he's ISIS," he added. "We don't know who he is, but we know he's not acting like an American, cussing me... if he wants it laid out, I laid it out... He deserved it. The next time we see him, we might have to kill him. We don't know who he is. He might be with a terrorist organization."

McGraw was arrested and charged on Thursday, a day after the attack, with assault and battery and disorderly conduct. He was held on $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 6.

(Photo: Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office)

Written by Moriba Cummings


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