A man wearing a ‘Gays for Trump’ t-shirt and a Human Rights Campaign sticker on his ‘Make America Great Again’ cap and holding a rainbow flag in one hand attacked a protester at Donald Trump’s rally in Greensboro, North Carolina yesterday. The protester was holding an American flag upside down.
The altercation, just the latest incident of violence against protesters at Trump rallies, came moments after Trump pointed directly at the protester and told him to “get out!”
…As the two men scrapped, a police officer intervened to break up the scuffle and escorted the protester out of the venue.
As the Trump supporter who put the protester in a headlock ventured back into the crowd, high-fiving other Trump supporters along the way, police returned into the crowd to escort the man and another who had shoved the protester out of the venue.
Asked by CNN why he hit the protester, the Trump supporter simply said “I didn’t hit him” as police pushed him toward the exit, arms behind his back.
Trump did not denounce the violence, but instead attacked the protester:
“It’s really total disrespect for the American flag. There he is, look, look (pointing at the protester). That’s what’s happening to our country, that’s what happening. That is total disrespect for our flag, that’s what’s happening to our country. We’re going to turn it around, folks. We’re going to turn it around.”
Yesterday we published an interview of a gay couple supporting Trump at a rally in Ohio. It’s unclear what percentage of the gay population supports Trump, or why.
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) October 14, 2016
It’s unclear if either person was arrested.
Unfortunately, Trump’s supporters don’t realize that Trump himself is a far greater disgrace to this country than any flag-holding protest could be.