MSNBC interviewed the latest assault victim from a Trump rally, Rakeem Jones. The videographer, who is one of Rakeem's friends, also spoke out about the incident and their views on how it was handled by Trump and the police.
The police stood by while he was elbowed. And then they ejected him as if he was the problem.
Some excerpts from the interview:
"Did he land the punch right in the face?"
"His elbow landed on my eye, my right eye to be exact"
"Do you have any injuries today?"
"It is swollen and bruised"
They were asked if they were there to protest or if they are part of the Black Lives Matter movement. They said they were there just to watch, wanted to see the hype. Trump didn't get a second sentence out before they were thrown out.
They are asked about reports that Rakeem extended a middle finger to the audience. He explains that Trump told Rakeem to go home to his mother. His mother died when he was a child. Trump insulting his deceased mother led to an emotional response.
His friend states:
"It was pretty appalling. He was the victim here...he hits Rakeem and is told to sit back down... You get arrested for getting assaulted. It's insane."
They thought because the police were there that they were safe. Instead the police appear to be on the side of the baying crowd of racists.
The man who assaulted him was arrested and has been identified as 78 year old racist John McGraw. He said:
"You bet I liked it, clocking the hell out of that big mouth. Well number one, we don't know if he is ISIS...the next time we see him we may have to kill him."
Rakeem says all he wants is justice but realizes that McGraw will probably be bailed out and home soon. The disturbing part wasn't that he got struck in the face.
He was struck in front of multiple law enforcement officers who did nothing.
What bothered them was that the guy that hit him went home that night versus getting arrested on the spot. He wasn't talked to by police and was only arrested after the video hit social media. In fact, McGraw was allowed to stay for the entire event.
When asked their final thoughts regarding McGraw, Rouse says "bless his heart" which the interviewer says is the worst Southern insult. [It means "f*k you"]
"I don't make the rules." said Rouse.