The man who punched a protester at a Donald Trump event Wednesday suggested the protester may have to be killed if seen again.
John McGraw, 78, was charged Thursday with assault and disorderly conduct after sucker-punching a man who was being led out of the Fayetteville, N.C., event by security.
After the event ended but before he was charged, McGraw told Inside Edition that he liked “knocking the hell out of that big mouth.”
“The next time we see him, we might have to kill him,” McGraw said. “We don’t know who he is. He might be with a terrorist organization”
McGraw told Inside Edition that the protester, Rakeem Jones, deserved to be hit.
“We don’t know who he is, but we know that he’s not acting like an American,” McGraw said.
Video from Wednesday’s event show Jones, a black man, being led out as McGraw walks over and quickly strikes Jones in the face.
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At least one officer in the video watches Jones get hit before authorities went on to detain Jones on the ground, apparently letting McGraw walk away.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office later announced it was investigating why Jones was detained but not his assailant, The Wall Street Journal reported.[H/T Inside Edition]
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