Compared to the Chicago event, this doesn’t seem that bad. It’s still an issue that is concerning though. What do you think is going to come of this conflict?
A protester has been filmed being punched and kicked by a Trump supporter at a rally in Arizona as The Donald continues to insist that his events do not incite violence.
A white man wearing a stars and stripes shirt was pictured being escorted out of a rally in Tuscon, Arizona, when he was punched in the face and repeatedly kicked by a black Trump supporter.
The victim was being taken from the rally alongside another demonstrator in a KKK-style white hood by members of Trump’s security when he was punched by a supporter named as Tony Pettway, 32. Pettway was arrested.
Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager, also appeared to grab a protester by the collar sparking another confrontation that have become features of Trump’s recent campaign events.
In just 10 days fights have broken out during at least four Trump rallies across North Carolina, Illinois and Arizona, leading to one event at a university in Chicago being cancelled.
A sheriff in North Carolina raised the prospect of charging Trump with inciting a riot after trouble there, while police say Pettway has been charged with assault with injury, a class 1 misdemeanor.
According to NBC News, Trump spoke to the crowd after seeing the protester being hit, saying it was ‘a disgrace’, though he appeared to be speaking about the protester, rather than the violence.
He said: ‘They’re taking away our First Amendment rights. They’re troublemakers, they’re no good, and we have to be careful.
‘We’ve gotta take our country back, folks. We gotta take our country back, very simple.’
Addressing another protester, wearing a white hood and giving a Nazi salute, Trump said: ‘There’s a disgusting guy, puts a Ku Klux Klan hat on. He thinks he’s cute. He’s a disgusting guy.’
During the same event another demonstrator was filmed speaking with a member of Trump’s undercover security alongside Lewandowski before the man is grabbed by the collar from behind.
Video of the incident clearly shows Lewandowski making a grabbing motion at the demonstrator, though he insists it was actually the man to his left that took hold of the man’s shirt.
The protester can be seen angrily turning around and pushing the man as Lewandowski lowers his arm back to his side.
As Trump appears to be closing in on the Republican presidential nomination, protests at his campaign events, which often attract tens of thousands of people, have become more common.
Earlier Saturday a large group of demonstrators managed to block the main highway into Fountain Hill, Arizona, in an attempt to disrupt a Trump campaign event there.
Arizonians used cars to block the road into the event Saturday, as thousands of New Yorkers also protested against the Republican candidate in his hometown.