Altercation breaks out at Donald Trump’s rally in in Asheville, North Carolina

September 13, 2016 7:20 pm

Scuffles broke out between supporters and protesters at the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign rally in , , on Monday, September 13, 2016. (Getty Images)

An altercation broke out between Donald Trump supporters and protesters at the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign rally in Asheville, North Carolina.
A man from the crowd went over to violently confront a group of anti-Trump protesters as they were being escorted out on Monday from the Cellular Center arena.
A video of the incident shows the man with his hands on a protester’s neck. Moments later, the man lobbed a blow at the protester.
The man pulled another protester toward him and shouted back and forth with a third, female protester while a member of Trump’s security team held him back. He also shouted at a female protester wearing a hijab who was not with the group but was also escorted out.
The unidentified man was allowed to remain for the rest of the rally despite his actions.
It is not the first time Trump’s campaign rally has turned violent. Trump’s campaign has been marked by hateful name-calling and controversy from the beginning, including disparaging remarks about women, Mexican immigrants and Muslims.
Trump, however, seemed unaware of the altercation and criticized his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for having called some of his supporters a “basket of deplorables” during a fundraiser last Friday in New York City.
Clinton had used the phrase in reference to any “racist, sexist, xenophobic [or] Islamaphobic” Trump supporters.
The 68-year-old former First Lady was forced to abruptly leave a 9/11 memorial in New York on Sunday due to a medical episode, stirring speculations about her well-being.
The candidate’s physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, released a statement via the campaign and said she had pneumonia.
An NBC /Survey Monkey tracking survey released on Tuesday shows Clinton leading Trump by only 4 points, 48 to 44 percent, among registered voters.
She was leading Trump by 10 points in the same poll about five weeks ago.
The NBC poll also shows that a majority of registered voters hold an unfavorable view of both Trump and Clinton, and consider them not trustworthy.
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