John McGraw’s sucker punch of an African American protester during Wednesday’s Trump rally in Fayettville, North Carolina only confirms the racism and bigotry that Donald Trump has inspired among his supporters.
78 year-old McGraw was arrested on Thursday and charged “with two criminal counts of assault and disorderly conduct” after videos posted online show him punching and elbowing a protester in the face.
In the video, McGraw is clearly seen repeatedly striking the protester. Worse still is the fact that instead of arresting McGraw on the spot for his unprovoked punch, police proceeded to tackle and arrest the protester.
Before his arrest by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, McGraw continued to add insult to injury when, during an interview with CBS syndicate Inside Edition, he stated that “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.”
Although Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks tried to put distance between Trump and McGraw by saying, “This has nothing to do with us,” the examples of racism and bigotry at Trump rallies are far too common and dangerous to ignore.
Trump has consistently fomented anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant sentiment to such an extent that his followers are increasingly brazen in their hostility against historically disadvantaged minorities and social groups. It also doesn’t help that Trump has shown neither remorse nor call for calm for the racist behavior of his supporters. Trump’s failure to address the issue of racism at his rallies only confirms Donald Trump’s own inherent racism and bigotry. What’s next, a return to lynching?