Over the weekend, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump held a raucous rally in Tucson, Arizona that once again devolved into violence.
Unlike past campaign stops where Trump’s very white audience harassed peaceful protesters of color–even shoving and striking a few–this time around an enthusiastic Black Trump supporter was the one throwing the blows.
Bryan Sanders was being escorted out of Trump’s rally when he was sucker-punched and kicked by Tony Pettway, a 32-year-old U.S. airman.
Sanders was holding a sign that said, “Trump is bad for America,” while his friend walked behind him donning a KKK hood, mocking Trump’s popularity with white supremacist groups. The whole encounter was caught on camera.
After the incident, Sanders spoke with local media about why he attended Trump’s rally in the first place.
“I’m an independent,” he said. “I’m not a Republican. I’m not a Democrat. I was protesting Trump’s fascism, his racism, his lies and his women-hating.”
Trump has come under fire for stoking violence against protesters at his rallies throughout his campaign. Last month, the GOP candidate said he’d “like to punch [a protester] in the face,” and he even offered to pay the legal fees of his supporters who physically assault protesters.
After the altercation, Pettway was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor assault with injury.