During a Donald Trump rally in Fayetteville, N.C. on Wednesday, 78-year-old John Franklin McGraw was charged with assault, battery, disorderly conduct and communicating threats after he purposely punched a Black Anti-Trump protestor. This was one of 17 incidents that happened during the rally at the Crown Coliseum.
Rakeem Jones was being escorted out by deputies with of a group of people after protesting during Trump’s speech. While being escorted out, Jones was punched in the face by McGraw – unprovoked. After being punched, Jones was tackled to the ground by law enforcement officials.
According to Inside Edition, McGraw believed that Jones deserved to be punched. “Yes, he deserved it,” said McGraw.
“The next time we see him, we might have to kill him.”
A press release from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said several deputies did not see the attack on Jones. When asked what his favorite part of the rally was, McGraw replied,
“Knocking the hell out of that big mouth. We know he’s not acting like an American.”
Jones told the Washington Post, “My eye still hurts. It’s just shocking. The shock of it all is starting to set in. It’s like this dude really hit me and they let him get away with it. I was basically in police custody and got hit.”