Last week during a Donald Trump rally in Kentucky, an Army veteran seen shoving a young black woman and now says he was not motivated by racism but overreacted after being pushed to the floor during the chaos.
An all points bulletin was placed on Alvin Bamberger, a member of the Korean War Veterans Association, after video went viral of him pushing the woman. Shouts of “Get them out!” were yelled by Trump and in a letter to the KWV Association, Bamberger apologizes.
“I physically pushed a young woman down the aisle toward the exit, an action I sincerely regret,” Bamberger said in a letter to Larry Kinard, president of the Korean War Veterans Association.
Bamberger also noted that he did not realize he was surrounded by white supremacists, but attended the event because Trump is a supporter of veterans.
“I have embarrassed myself, my family, and Veterans,” he wrote. “This was a very unfortunate incident and it is my sincere hope that I can be forgiven for my actions.”
“Everything seemed to be under control and mostly orderly. All that changed when Trump got to the stage. Protestors in the crowd became vocal and began pushing and shoving their way toward the stage. At one point I was physically knocked down and fell to the ground, losing my jacket (which was eventually returned to me). The protestors were holding up signs, chanting ‘black lives matter’ and pushing and shoving Trump supporters.”
“Trump kept saying ‘get them out, get them out’ and people in the crowd began pushing and shoving the protestors,” Bamberger said. “Unfortunately a lot of this behavior was happening right next to where I was standing and having been pushed to the floor myself, my emotions got the best of me, and I was caught up in the frenzy. I physically pushed a young woman down the aisle toward the exit, an action I sincerely regret.”
“Unfortunately my state of mind after being knocked down and hurt myself, and being caught between a group of white supremacists and Black Lives Matter protestors contributed to my behavior however, there is no excuse for my actions,” he wrote.
Kinard says the association is now going to determine what action to take against Bamberger.