Bob Schwartz

Trump Protester Sucker-punched at Rally in North Carolina: Update


‘We might have to kill him,’ says man who punched Trump protester
Josh Hafner, USA TODAY 6:38 p.m. EST March 10, 2016

The man who punched a protester at a Donald Trump event Wednesday suggested the protester may have to be killed if seen again.

John McGraw, 78, was charged Thursday with assault and disorderly conduct after sucker-punching a man who was being led out of the Fayetteville, N.C., event by security.

After the event ended but before he was charged, McGraw told Inside Edition that he liked “knocking the hell out of that big mouth.”

“The next time we see him, we might have to kill him,” McGraw said. “We don’t know who he is. He might be with a terrorist organization”

McGraw told Inside Edition that the protester, Rakeem Jones, deserved to be hit.

“We don’t know who he is, but we know that he’s not acting like an American,” McGraw said.

Video from Wednesday’s event show Jones, a black man, being led out as McGraw walks over and quickly strikes Jones in the face.

At least one officer in the video watches Jones get hit before authorities went on to detain Jones on the ground, apparently letting McGraw walk away.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office later announced it was investigating why Jones was detained but not his assailant, The Wall Street Journal reported.


The story shared here about events yesterday has just begun getting covered nationally this afternoon. It is a developing story, as the assailant has just been arrested and charged.

But that still leaves a couple of questions:

Why wasn’t this the biggest story of the campaign this morning, even with the other events of last night? It’s not like this regularly happens during every major party campaign every presidential year. Maybe the media thinks it is the new normal.

Why, at this point almost a day later, does this story have only about 130 articles showing on Google News? That’s about the same number of articles right now about Lindsay Lohan’s current dating habits. Again, is the hateful and bizarre now the new normal in major party politics? Or are some in the media actually scared, not of Donald Trump, but of prematurely killing the orange goose, with so many months of golden eggs still to be laid?

Trump protester sucker-punched at rally in North Carolina
Josh Hafner, USA TODAY 12:02 p.m. EST March 10, 2016

A protester was being led out of a Donald Trump event Wednesday night when a man attending the rally sucker-punched the protester in the face, videos show.

The incident, captured from multiple angles, involved security leading the protester, a black man, out of Trump’s Fayetville, N.C. event when an apparently white man sporting a ponytail walks over and quickly punches the protester in the face as at least one member of security watched, recordings show.

The Washington Post interviewed the protester, Rakeem Jones, who said the punch blindsided him.

“After I get it, before I could even gain my thoughts, I’m on the ground getting escorted out,” Jones said, adding, “I was basically in police custody and got hit.”

Shortly after the punch, men in uniforms that read “Sherrif’s Office” detained Rakeem on the ground. It’s not clear whether the man who assaulted him was detained.

Jones attend the rally with friends including a Muslim, a gay man and a white woman, he told The Post. He said “no one in our group attempted to get physical,” but said the woman with him began shouting after Trump’s speech began.

Other event attendees shouted back.

Ronnie Rouse, who was at the event with Jones, told The Post the audience members shouted “Go home n—–s” and “You need to get the f— out of there!”

Both the Sheriff’s Office of Cumberland County, where Fayetteville is located, and the city’s police denied detaining Jones, who was not arrested.

The altercation marks the latest violent incident between Trump supporters and protesters at the candidate’s events.

Earlier this month, video captured several white men shoving and yelling at a young black woman who protested a Trump event in Kentucky.

One of the men involved was identified as a white nationalist named Matthew Heimbach. Another, a young recruit slated to join the Marines, was later discharged by the Marine Corps for taking part in what it called a “racially charged” event.

Shaun King, an activist who helped identify the young Marine recruit, is now seeking to identify the ponytailed man who punched Jones.

A Visual Vacation in Fun and Relevant History: WPA Posters

WPA - Shall the Artist Survive

In case you think that government has no positive role to play in our lives, society or culture, especially in times of national stress, please have a look at the WPA posters from 1936 to 1943.

The Library of Congress has the largest collection:

The Work Projects Administration (WPA) Poster Collection consists of 907 posters produced from 1936 to 1943 by various branches of the WPA. Of the 2,000 WPA posters known to exist, the Library of Congress’s collection of more than 900 is the largest. The posters were designed to publicize exhibits, community activities, theatrical productions, and health and educational programs in seventeen states and the District of Columbia, with the strongest representation from California, Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The results of one of the first U.S. Government programs to support the arts, the posters were added to the Library’s holdings in the 1940s.

Here is a description of the WPA:

Of all of Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) is the most famous, because it affected so many people’s lives. Roosevelt’s vision of a work-relief program employed more than 8.5 million people. For an average salary of $41.57 a month, WPA employees built bridges, roads, public buildings, public parks and airports.

Under the direction of Harry Hopkins, an enthusiastic ex-social worker who had come from modest means, the WPA would spend more than $11 million in employment relief before it was canceled in 1943. The work relief program was more expensive than direct relief payments, but worth the added cost, Hopkins believed. “Give a man a dole,” he observed, “and you save his body and destroy his spirit. Give him a job and you save both body and spirit”….

When federal support of artists was questioned, Hopkins answered, “Hell! They’ve got to eat just like other people.” The WPA supported tens of thousands of artists, by funding creation of 2,566 murals and 17,744 pieces of sculpture that decorate public buildings nationwide. The federal art, theater, music, and writing programs, while not changing American culture as much as their adherents had hoped, did bring more art to more Americans than ever before or since.

It would be lovely to include dozens of the posters here. Instead, here are just a few more. Please visit and enjoy the entire collection.

WPA - Yellowstone

WPA - Mural Studies

WPA - Letter Writing

WPA - Music Project

WPA - Lack of Funds