Courtesy of TPM: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
There was an apparent replay of the escalating Trump rally violence at a rally in Tucson this afternoon. We're still trying to piece together what happened. But one incident seems oddly reminiscent of the incident in Fayetteville, North Carolina where a Trump supporter sucker punched a protestor as he was being escorted out of the arena. This time another protestor was being escorted out of the arena when a Trump supporter punched him, knocking him to the ground, and then repeatedly kicked him before being restrained by police and himself being escorted out of the arena.
Here is another angle on the attack.
Oddly enough this is a case where a BLACK Donald Trump supporter attacks a WHITE protester.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
How's that for a paradigm shift?
Here is a description of the incident as well as a few others in the venue:
Bryan Sanders, 33, was wearing an American flag shirt and carrying a poster depicting Trump with a Confederate flag superimposed on his face when he was jumped.
Police quickly arrested the attacker, Tony Pettway, 32, for misdemeanor assault.
As five police officers responded to the assault, Trump assailed the protesters.
"That's a disgrace. Y'know, they're taking away our First Amendment rights," he said. "They're troublemakers; they're no good. We'd better be careful. We've got to take our country back, folks."
In another incident, a female protester — reportedly a University of Southern California student — was punched by a man in the crowd. She was being treated by paramedics at the scene after the rally.
Another woman, 67 years old, was cited for assaulting a TPD officer, after she poked him in the chest while trying to explain how she was injured by a Trump supporter, who she said pushed her against the railing and kicked her.
And not all of the violence happened inside the Tucson Convention Center.
At one point a jeep drove through a group of protesters blocking the road to the Trump event, and outside of the convention center police sprayed an increasingly unruly crowd with pepper spray.
Like I said yesterday things are only heating up and I fear it is only a matter of time before there is a loss of life at one of these rallies.