Yesterday, 14 October, a protester at a rally for Donald Trump was put in a headlock by a man wearing a ‘Gays for Trump’ T-shirt.
According to CNN an unidentified man walked in front of the Republican nominee, during his Greensboro, North Carolina speech, waving an upside down US flag. The candidate pointed to the protester, saying ‘get out!’
People in the crowd shouted at the man. Two men shoved him. A third, in a ‘Gays for Trump’ shirt and ‘Make America Great Again’ cap, grabbed the protester and pushed him toward the exit.
The protester escaped the man’s grip, but was put in a headlock.
Police broke up the scuffle, escorting the protester out. The man in the T-shirt was cheered by the crowd, even high-fiving people. Eventually he was removed by police out of the rally.
CNN asked the man why he hit the protester.
‘I didn’t hit him,’ he replied.
No one was arrested.
‘There was a minor altercation associated with the Trump rally. Officers escorted both parties involved outside of the venue. Neither one wanted to press charges, so no arrests were made,’ Greensboro Police Department spokeswoman Susan Danielsen said to CNN.
North Carolina is an important state in the upcoming presidential election. Politico reports that in NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls, released last week, Trump trails challenger, Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton, 43% to 48% with likely voters. The margin of error is 3.6%.
Below is a Twitter video from CNN’s Jeremy Diamond, chronicling what happened after the initial altercation.
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) October 14, 2016