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'Next time we might have to kill him.' - Protester sucker punched at Trump rally

A 78-year-man has been charged.

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A MAN HAS been charged with punching a protester at a Donald Trump rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, after video of the altercation surfaced.

Cumberland County Sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Sean Swain told The Fayetteville Observer that John Franklin McGraw, 78, of Linden was charged with assault and disorderly conduct at Wednesday night’s rally.

Rakeem Jones told the Washington Post that the punch came out of nowhere.

“Boom, he caught me,” Jones told the paper.

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.

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News website Inside Edition earlier tracked down McGraw who said he did not regret his actions. Asked why he punched him, the man suggested that Jones may be a terrorist.

Number one, we don’t know if he’s ISIS. We don’t know who he is, but we know he’s not acting like an American, cussing me… If he wants it laid out, I laid it out.Yes, he deserved it. The next time we see him, we might have to kill him. We don’t know who he is. He might be with a terrorist organisation.

- With reporting from the Associated Press

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