Another incident occurred at a Donald Trump rally Saturday as a protestor being escorted out of the Tucson Convention Center was punched and kicked by an attendee.
It’s the latest in a series of tense encounters, both violent and non-violent, that have occurred around the Trump presidential campaign as the election cycle has heated up.
The man who was attacked was identified as Bryan Sanders, and he told the Arizona Daily Star in a video interview (above) that he was at the rally to protest Trump’s “fascism, his racism, his lies and his woman hating.” He carried a small sign that read “Trump is bad for America” under a picture of Trump’s face.
As has also become the norm for incidents like this, the attack was captured on video. NBC’s Frank Thorp shared it on Twitter, as did another curious attendee who was standing nearby when the attack occurred.
Went to the Trump rally just to see how crazy it would be……..this is insane pic.twitter.com/QFwSwmNoI0
— Alex Satterly (@alex_satterly) March 19, 2016
VIOLENCE at another Donald Trump rally, this time in Tucson, AZ. Man hits and kicks protester: pic.twitter.com/7FWuSeE0Jt
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorpNBC) March 19, 2016
The attacker was identified to the Huffington Post by local police as Tony Pettway. According to police, Pettway will be charged with misdemeanor assault.
A number of other protestors were present at the rally with signs that read “Dump Trump,” and one wore a Ku Klux Clan hood, according to HuffPost.
The "Dump Trump" section is slowly being escorted out. I spotted some shoving. pic.twitter.com/1VnGoqnowM
— Jose A. DelReal (@jdelreal) March 19, 2016