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Trump Supporter Punches Protester In Face At North Carolina Rally

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WASHINGTON -- Video surfaced Thursday of a Donald Trump supporter punching a protester in the face at the Republican presidential front-runner's rally in North Carolina on Wednesday. 

The footage shows a white man in a cowboy hat walk down the row to the aisle where protesters are leaving and sucker-punch an African-American man, later identified as Rakeem Jones.

Moments before the attack, the protester appeared to wave a middle-finger at the crowd on his way out. Men in uniforms that read “Sheriff’s Office ” were leading the protesters away. 

Jones accused Cumberland County officers of failing to protect him.

“The police jumped on me like I was the one swinging," he told The Washington Post.

“My eye still hurts. It’s just shocking."

It's not the first time violence has broken out at a Trump event. The real estate mogul himself said last month he'd like to punch one of the protesters being led out of a rally in Las Vegas. 

Editor's note: Donald Trump is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist, birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims -- 1.6 billion members of an entire religion -- from entering the U.S.

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