Violence returns to the Trump campaign: Black protester assaulted by Trump supporters at "New York Values" rally

Only surprised it took this long

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published April 12, 2016 12:37PM (EDT)

 (Albany Times-Union)
(Albany Times-Union)

Amazingly, Donald Trump managed to return to his home state and hold a rally in Long Island, of all places, without any major incidents of violence. But that was last week. This week, Trump's moved his reckless campaign upstate to a more spacious site and unsurprisingly, violence has made its return to America's presidential campaign.

The Republican presidential frontrunner held a campaign rally for about 17,000 supporters who waited for eight hours in the cold, rain, and wind to see Trump at Albany's Times Union Center on Monday night. True to form, when protesters periodically interrupted the blustery businessman's speech, he'd call for security to "get 'em out of here," even shouting "send him back home to mom," as police escorted one protester out to a massive round of boos from the audience.

With tensions riding high in the arena, one anti-Trump protester's boos clearly aggravated the amped up Trump supporters surrounding him and as video captured by the Albany Times Union shows, it all quickly escalated to violence. A Trump supporter can be seen lunging at a black anti-Trump protester, who is booing repeatedly, to repeatedly shove him in the face. The protester is eventually pulled away by security officials:

"Hey, I'll snatch anybody up if they yell in my face over anything," the Trump supporter who identified himself as "Mike" to NBC News said afterward. "I have my personal rights and my personal space. They're gonna start yelling about some [expletive], I'll snatch your [expletive] up. That's all," said Mike, wearing what appeared to be a t-shirt that read, "Marine Vets for McCain."

"Mike," of course, was observing a time honored tradition of white Donald Trump supporters assaulting anti-Trump protesters, often young black men.

Watch the latest installment of Trump rally violence below, via the Times Union:

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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