A white Donald Trump rally attendee was charged with assault Thursday after he was caught on video hitting a black man being escorted by deputies from the venue, authorities said.
A news release from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said John Franklin McGraw, 78, of Linden, was charged with assault and disorderly conduct after the rally for the Republican presidential front-runner Wednesday in Fayetteville.
The release said the assault victim was being escorted out of Crown Coliseum after disrupting the rally, and deputies had their eyes on the stairs when the assault happened.
“The deputies who did not see the assault continued up the steps with the victim, who was ultimately escorted from the Coliseum,” the news release said.
McGraw was arrested Thursday after investigators reviewed a video posted on social media. Videos from the event show a man with a pony tail and cowboy hat hitting a black man being escorted from the seating area.
Sheriff Earl Butler condemned the assault and launched an internal investigation into how deputies handled the situation.
Listings for McGraw rang disconnected. Authorities didn’t respond to an email asking if he had an attorney.
The television program “Inside Edition” said it interviewed McGraw after the incident and asked him if he liked the rally.
Meanwhile, the lunatic Trump claims Fields just made up her assault that was witnessed by many:
The victim & the Washington Post reporter who witnessed the incident said it happened. And there's audio. https://t.co/tLyZkZAuOY
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 11, 2016
The Trump campaign's sliming of @MichelleFields is one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen from a politician and his hatchet men.
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) March 10, 2016