A boisterous Trump supporter wearing a MAGA hat in downtown Kenosha called police to drive him home Tuesday after getting into a fight with a crowd of protesters who ordered him to ‘get the f**k out of the park,’ hours after the president left town.
The fight broke out at 5:30pm in Civic Center Park, across from the county courthouse.
A former U.S. Marine named David, who refused to give his last name because he fears he’ll be targeted, was at the park earlier in the day leading chants among scores of Trump supporters who were facing off against Black Lives Matter protesters during the president’s visit.
He described them as ‘the true criminals’ in America.
A Trump fan in a white MAGA cap shoved by a Black Lives Matter protester, then threw a punch
The two men brawled in front of the cameras on Tuesday evening after Trump’s visit
Trump fan squared off against protesters in downtown Kenosha
David’s side went home, but he stuck around and got into a heated argument with the remaining protesters in a spectacle that played out before news crews in town covering Trump.
David was shoved by a Black Lives Matter protester, then threw a punch.
He then got clocked in the face, thrown to the ground and pummeled by protesters who kicked him while he was down.
Some demonstrators intervened to stop the fight, then protected David as others chased him down the street while heckling him.
‘Keep f**k’g walking, go home,’ one shouted on a megaphone.
‘Walk faster, go home. F**k you. F**k Donald Trump.’
David got into a heated argument with the remaining protesters in a spectacle that played out before news crews
David ended up with cuts and bruises after the encounter on Tuesday evening
David was escorted out of the park in central Kenosha after the scrap on Tuesday
Trump supporters argue with BLM supporters downtown Kenosha after days of trouble
Black Lives Matter supporters were out in force on Tuesday, ahead of Trump’s visit
Police then drove David home following the scuffle in Kenosha
David, his hat off, eye swollen and neck bleeding, rounded a corner where he spoke with reporters.
‘I was trying to have a conversation with them,’ he said.
‘You can obviously see from the way they’re chanting and the things they say that they were just looking to beat up any white guy with a MAGA hat.
‘These are Maoist terrorists,’ he added.
‘They are not Americans. They are not liberals. They are Maoists, and they will attack you, they will hurt you, they want to burn down this United States. Even if Joe Biden wins, they will not stop. Don’t you understand me?’
A medic came to treat his eye, telling him to see a doctor. Then another Black Lives Matter protester approached.
David said he felt threatened and called Kenosha police to escort him home.
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he surveys riot damage in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday
President Donald Trump walks through burned out buildings Tuesday during his trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin
President Trump surveys damage in Kenosha, Wisconsin Tuesday, in the aftermath of the Sunday police shooting of Jacob Blake
President Donald Trump toured the violence-ravaged Kenosha Tuesday and called rioters ‘domestic terrorists’ while praising police, who he argued shouldn’t be demonized for ‘choking.’
Trump didn’t mention Jacob Blake by name during his scripted remarks.
Blake, a black man, was shot seven times in the back by a white cop in front of his three young children a week ago Sunday afternoon, leaving the father-of-six paralyzed from the waist down. The incident sparked several nights of protests and then violence in the Wisconsin city.
Trump arrived Tuesday afternoon and walked through the rubble that had once been a camera store and an office furniture shop, before giving remarks at a roundtable on ‘Wisconsin Community Safety.’
‘These are not peaceful protests but domestic terror,’ Trump said, seated alongside Attorney General Bill Barr, acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and local officials including Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth.
Beth has been scrutinized in the wake of police shooting Blake for statements he’s made about black people in the past.
‘The vast and overwhelming majority of police officers are honorable, courageous and devoted public servants,’ Trump said. ‘They’re incredible, yet many politicians ignore their sacrifice and ignore the African-American, Hispanic-American victims,’ the president continued, speaking of crime victims of color, not those who have been unarmed and shot by officers, which have inspired weeks of Black Lives Matter protests.
When asked specifically about Blake being shot Trump responded, ‘I feel terrible for anybody who goes through that.’ He added that it’s a ‘complicated subject.’