A video that shows two African-American men beating a white man is circulating across conservative news sites that say the man was attacked for voting for Donald Trump. But police aren’t jumping to the same conclusion.
In the video, the two men — one in red pants and one in black pants — are seen punching and kicking the man, 50. At least one person is heard off-camera saying, “You voted Trump, you voted Trump.” Another says, “Don’t vote Trump.” Another man gets in what seems to be the victim’s car. Later, the man’s hand seems to be caught in the car window, and he is pulled down the street. The entire video is in broad daylight.
What’s unclear — despite the conclusion some have drawn — is whether the man is being beaten for being pro-Trump, or if that’s just something people are yelling in a gross attempt to be funny. There is no indication from the video that the man is actually a Trump supporter.
Police in Chicago, where the attack occurred, would not say if they were investigating the possibility that the man was beaten for backing Trump.
“On the 1100 block of South Kedzie at 12:48 p.m. officers responded to a call of a battery involving a 50-year-old male who reported being involved in a traffic-related altercation with three unknown males and two unknown females,” a Chicago police spokesman told TheWrap.
The victim was transported to a local hospital and is in good condition, but nobody is in custody and police are still investigating the situation.
Chicago police have asked that anyone with information on the assault contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263.
Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton has led to protests throughout the country.
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