The black protester who was sucker punched by a white Trump supporter at a rally had his day in court Wednesday morning.
It was in court where James Franklin McGraw, 79, apologized to Rakeem Jones, the black protester McGraw sucker punched in the face in Fayetteville, North Carolina at a Trump rally back in March. Jones was punched by McGraw as he was being escorted out of the arena by security.
McGraw said in this statement, “You know what you did, and I know what I did. I’m not going to say you were wrong or I’m wrong,” McGraw told Jones. “I hate it worse than anything in the world. If I met you in the street and the same thing occurred, I would have said, ‘Go on home. One of us will get hurt.’ That’s what I would have said. But we are caught up in a political mess today, and you and me, we got to heal our country.” The two shook hands.
Jones said, “I just felt good being able to shake his hand and being able to, you know, being able to actually face him.”
McGraw pleaded no contest to assault and disorderly conduct charges and will be given a 30-day jail sentence and a year of unsupervised probation.
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