Trump Wants To Pay Legal Fees Of Man Who Sucker Punched Protester

AP

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Sunday that he has instructed his team to look into paying the legal fees of the man who sucker punched a black protester.

Trump said he doesn’t condone violence.

“But I want to see. The man got carried away, he was 78 years old, he obviously loves his country, and maybe he doesn’t like seeing what’s happening to the country,” Trump said.

NBC “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd asked him to clarify if that meant he would pay for the legal fees.

“Well, I’m going to look at it. I’m going to see, you know, what was behind this because it was a strange event,” Trump said. “I’ve actually instructed my people to look into it, yes.”

John McGraw, 78, was arrested and charged last week with assault and battery and disorderly conduct after allegedly punching a protester in the face at a rally in North Carolina as the protester was being escorted out of the building.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sara Jerde is a newswriter based in New York. Her bylines have appeared in The Star-Ledger, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Columbus Dispatch. She graduated from Ohio University. Send emails to sara@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow her @SaraJerde.
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK