On Wednesday night, a black man, Rakeem Jones, protested a Donald Trump rally in North Carolina. As he was being escorted out of the rally by men in “Sheriff’s Office” uniforms, Jones was punched in the face by a Trump supporter wearing a cowboy hat. The officers then quickly wrestled Jones to the ground, pinned his arms behind his back, and led him out of the venue.
As of Thursday morning, the latest poll shows Trump up by 14 points in North Carolina.
Update: Reuters reports that the man seen punching Jones has been charged with assault. On Thursday evening, the man who punched the protester, identified as John McGraw, told Inside Edition that his actions were justified.
“Yes he deserved it,” he said. “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.”