Trump Supporter Caught on Video Punching Man in Face at Rally

TUCSON, Ariz. — A Trump supporter beat down and repeatedly kicked a protester who was being escorted out of a campaign rally in Arizona on Saturday in what appeared to be over the presidential candidate announcing that an attendee was wearing a KKK hat—except for that the man who was beaten was not the one donning the racist attire.

While being led out of Tuscon Arena, Bryan Sanders, 33, walked several feet in front of a woman wearing KKK headgear. He had reportedly been chanting “liar” as he held a poster of Trump marked with a Confederate flag over his face, and later told reporters that he was there to protest what he perceived was the candidate’s “racism, lies and women-hating.”

Trump had called for all protesters to be removed after seeing the woman wearing a KKK-style hat in the crowd.

“He’s a disgusting guy,” Trump called out about the protester in the hat, not knowing it was a girl. “He thinks he’s cute. He’s a disgusting guy.”

Sanders was escorted out first before the KKK hat-wearer, and held up his poster as he called out to the crowd against Trump. When he reached Tony Pettway, 32, an African American man, Pettway quickly ripped the poster out of Sanders’ hand, and then proceeded to beat and kick him.

While most watched or held out their phones to record the beating, a few attendees stepped in and sought to stop Pettway from assaulting Sanders. Police also made their way up the steps and promptly placed him under arrest for assault with injury.

Seconds into Saunders’ beating—which the woman behind him seemed not to notice until it was nearly over—she took off her hat, revealing a long ponytail.

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“I had a sign that said ‘Trump is bad for America,’ and a guy grabbed the sign as I was being escorted out of the building and sucker punched me,” Sanders told the Arizona Daily Star.

“I have nothing against the guy that attacked me,” he further stated to reporters. “I don’t know him. He’s just an angry person and his anger is being accentuated by the political movement.”

Some reports claim that the woman is Sanders’ girlfriend, but the information has yet to be confirmed. It is also not known whether Pettway beat Sanders because he thought he was the one wearing the KKK hat, or if he was upset about another factor.

Trump posited that the issue was over the hat.

“This happened to be an African American man who was very, very incensed that someone, a protester, would be wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit,” he said, although it was not the woman who was beaten, but the man ahead of her.

On Sunday, Trump seemed to place the responsibility for the violence on the protesters.

“At what point do people blame the protesters?” he asked. “These are professional agitators.”

Some have noted that Trump has encouraged violence at his rallies, stating that he preferred the old days where protesters could be beaten, and claiming that he would pay the legal fees of those arrested for assault.

“So if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of him, would you?” he said on Feb. 1 in Iowa. “Seriously, okay, just knock the H*ll. I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise, I promise.”

“Ah, I love the old days, you know,” Trump also said on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas. “You know what I hate? There’s a guy, totally disruptive, throwing punches. We’re not allowed to punch back anymore. I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks. … I’d like to punch him in the face.”

“We had one guy in New Hampshire, actually, who was a rough guy and he was swinging and swinging and punching. He was really going down for the count and we had a couple of people in the audience who were equally rough and they took him out,” he also recalled on March 4 in Warren, Michigan. “No, they took him out and I’ll tell you what. It was really amazing to watch.”

Linda Rothman, 67, was likewise arrested at the rally for assault without injury, but police have provided no details on the incident.

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  • gatekeeper96740

    These are PAID AGENT PROVOCATEURS. These people are being paid by George Soros just like they were in Ferguson, Baltimore and S.C. When are we going to throw Soros in Jail!

    • gizmo23

      Is everything a conspiracy?

      • gatekeeper96740

        Move on. Org PUBLICLY claimed credit..

      • Amos Moses

        I guess some would say yes…..

        In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

        “Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States —in the fields of commerce and manufacturing—are afraid of somebody. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” – Woodrow Wilson

        “A financial element in the large centers has owned the government since the days of Andrew Jackson.” – Franklin Roosevelt

        “We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.” – David Rockefeller

        The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists. – Edgar J Hoover

        In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.-DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, farewell address, Jan. 17, 1961

    • Paige Turner

      Put your tin foil hat back on

    • The Skeptical Chymist

      Prove your assertion! Where’s your evidence that these protestors are paid to protest by anyone?

      • gatekeeper96740

        Move on. Org PUBLICLY claimed credit.

        • gizmo23

          For this incident?

          • gatekeeper96740

            He also claimed Baltimore and S.C. and Chicago.

          • gizmo23

            So dissent is not allowed?

          • gatekeeper96740

            No dissent is allowed. Just like the University professors classroom where they give you and F for not agreeing with them.

          • gizmo23

            Where does that happen?

        • The Skeptical Chymist

          Regardless of any such claim, you’ve provided no evidence that anyone was paid.

          • gatekeeper96740

            In all, Mr. Soros
            gave at least $33 million in one year to support already-established
            groups that emboldened the grass-roots, on-the-ground activists in Ferguson, according to the most recent tax filings of his nonprofit Open Society Foundations.

            The financial tether from Mr. Soros
            to the activist groups gave rise to a combustible protest movement that
            transformed a one-day criminal event in Missouri into a 24-hour-a-day
            national cause celebre.

            “Our DNA includes a belief that having
            people participate in government is indispensable to living in a more
            just, inclusive, democratic society,” said Kenneth Zimmerman, director of Mr. Soros‘ Open Society
            Foundations’ U.S. programs, in an interview with The Washington Times. “Helping groups combine policy, research [and] data collection with community organizing feels very much the way our society becomes more accountable.”Indeed, the Open Society Institute has been promoting “democracy” all over the world if, by democracy, one means the overthrow of governments unfriendly to Anglo-American banking interests and installing new and more corrupt leadership in its place.

    • SFBruce

      So what? Even if your claim is true, that doesn’t mean Trump supporters can beat them up.

  • Becky

    Trump and his lot of heathens.

  • I don’t know why this headline does not read “Sanders booted by Trump and beaten up.”

  • Jo Lux

    Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids told his supporters :

    “So I’ve got a little notice, in case you see the security guys. The security guys said, ‘Mr. Trump, there may be some people in the back with tomatoes in the audience.’ … If you see somebody with a bag of tomatoes, just knock the crap out of them, would you?”

    “I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees, I promise. I promise,” the candidate added.