UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: An interview with John McGraw, the man who assaulted the Trump protester at a campaign rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, has surfaced in which he calls for even more acts of violence in the future. "He deserved it," McGraw told Inside Edition shortly after attacking the protester. "The next time we see him, we might have to kill him."
UPDATE 1:06 p.m.: The man seen attacking the nonviolent protester in the clip above has now been identified as John McGraw, 78, of Linden. McGraw has now been charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct, WRAL reports.
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Yet another black protester has been physically attacked at a Donald Trump event, this time at a campaign rally in North Carolina. Footage of the attack shows a group of reportedly nonviolent protesters being removed from the Fayetteville rally on Wednesday before an allegedly white Trump supporter approaches one protester and delivers a violent blow straight to his face.
The man was later identified as Rakeem Jones of Fayetteville, the New York Daily News reports. The identity of the attacker has not been confirmed. In an interview with the Washington Post Thursday morning, Jones recounted the harrowing incident and expressed his fears regarding the prevalence of this behavior at Trump events all across the country. "It’s happening at all these rallies now and they’re letting it ride," Jones said. “The police jumped on me like I was the one swinging." Jones says he is still shocked that he was "basically in police custody and got hit," while the attacker has suffered no consequences for his actions.
According to Jones, his group included "a white woman, a Muslim, and a gay man." Once Trump’s speech started, the group started shouting but never "attempted to get physical." As noted by Jones, this is sadly nowhere near the first attack of its kind. Following the violent assault of a Black Lives Matter activist at a rally in Alabama, Trump appeared to encourage the behavior in an interview with Fox News. "Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing," Trump said. In related news, more than 60 percent of Republican voters in southern states fully endorse Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.