On Wednesday, John McGraw, the Trump supporter who sucker-punched a black protestor, Rakeem Jones, told Inside Edition after the Fayetteville, North Carolina, rally that Jones deserved it. “The next time we see him, we might have to kill him,” McGraw said.
The 78-year-old, who was booked today on charges of misdemeanor assault and battery and disorderly conduct, said he had enjoyed the campaign event: “You bet I liked it. Knocking the hell out of that big mouth.”
Asked why he had punched Jones, McGraw said: “Number one, we don’t know if he’s ISIS. 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.”
Later at the same rally, the Times reports, Trump mourned the passing of “the good old days” when “this doesn’t happen,” as other protestors were removed. “They used to treat them very, very rough, and when they protested once, they would not do it again so easily.”
A campaign spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said that the campaign had “no control” over what Trump’s supporters do. “We obviously discourage any kind of physical contact or engagement with protesters,” she said.