Another day, another story of someone being manhandled at a Trump rally.
Today’s victim is 26-year-old Rakeem Jones who was at the rally to protest Trump. Police eventually came to escort him and three or four other protesters outside. The Washington Post notes Jones was flipping the bird to the crowd on his way out but there is no evidence he touched anyone.
Video posted to You Tube from several angles shows a white man with long hair and a hat walked to the end of his row of seats and waited for Jones to pass up the aisle. Suddenly, the white man throws an elbow to Jones’ face. Jones later told the Post, “Boom, he caught me. After I get it, before I could even gain my thoughts, I’m on the ground getting escorted out. Now I’m waking up this morning looking at the news and seeing me getting hit again.”
Instead of grabbing the man who threw the punch, three police officers bring Jones to the ground. Here’s a collection of clips which shows the incident from several angles:
This is far from the first time something like this has happened at a Trump rally. Last week I wrote about Shiya Nwanguma who was also at a rally to protest and was shoved harshly and repeatedly by several members of the crowd.
There’s also the story of reporter Michelle Fields who was nearly yanked to the ground by Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, while asking a question:
Trump acknowledged the question, but before he could answer I was jolted backwards. Someone had grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down. I almost fell to the ground, but was able to maintain my balance. Nonetheless, I was shaken.
The Washington Post’s Ben Terris immediately remarked that it was Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who aggressively tried to pull me to the ground. I quickly turned around and saw Lewandowski and Trump exiting the building together. No apology. No explanation for why he did this.
If beating up protesters and roughing up reporters is going to become a regular feature of Trump’s rallies, he needs to be asked about it repeatedly and the media needs to cover it insistently until someone in his organization cares.
Update: As some people are now questioning the story, Michelle Fields tweets this photo:
— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) March 10, 2016
Again, this is Trump’s campaign manager and this happened while Trump was right there. Trump himself has to take responsibility in this case.