Trump Fan Charged With Assault at Rally

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office/Handout via Reuters

John Franklin McGraw of Linden, North Carolina, is shown in this booking photo provided by the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office in Fayetteville, North Carolina, March 10, 2016. McGraw, is facing criminal charges after police say he assaulted a protester being removed from a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, local media reported on Thursday.

The man who allegedly sucker-punched a protester at a Donald Trump rally in North Carolina on Wednesday has been charged, local sources reported. The 78-year-old pony-tailed assailant, identified as John McGraw, was charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct. The protester, Rakeem Jones, 26, was being led out of the rally by sheriff’s officials when McGraw, who is seen on video wearing a cowboy hat, clearly reached out and punched him in the face. Jones was then detained and handcuffed by police. At one point, someone in the crowd allegedly shouted: “Go home, n*ggers.” Local media reports that there were a total of 17 interruptions at the campaign event.