NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 7:33 PM
An anti-Donald Trump protester was roughed up by a Pennsylvania crowd ahead of the Republican’s rally.
Video from an event in Mechanicsburg on Monday showed the unidentified man being grabbed, punched and pushed by those at the Keystone State gathering.
Casey Boguski, a high school football player in the area, told the Daily News that the incident happened around 8:30 p.m., shortly after Trump began speaking at Cumberland Valley High School.
The 17-year-old said that the protester had been wearing one of Trump’s ubiquitous “Make America Great Again before he suddenly pulled out a banner with the phrase “refugees are people too.”
Boguski, who said he agrees with Trump’s positions on immigration and attended an protester-filled rally in nearby Harrisburg this spring, said he became scared as the man began yelling the phrase quickly.
However, the crowd zeroed in on their political foe and began trying to grab the flag.
“Everyone that’s there for Trump are ready to go at it with people,” said the teen, who added that he did not see any punches land on the protester.
One unidentified middle-aged man in an American flag t-shirt was particularly aggressive in grabbing the disrupting demonstrator.
The crowd began U-S-A as the man was escorted out by police, and Trump responded from the stage by saying, “Go on home.”
The crowd began chanting U-S-A, and Trump responded by saying that he would make America great again.
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His assembled supporters burst into loud cheers when the GOP candidate restarted his speech by saying that he was going to make America great again.
Silver Spring Police Chief Chris Raubenstine told Penn Live that the protester did not want to press immediately charges and refused medical attention.
The chief said that the young man “did what he wanted to get done” but added that political supporters cannot just punch those with different views.
Monday’s incident continues a tradition of violence at Donald Trump rallies that stretches back to the spring primary season.
During a February speech in Nevada, Trump said he’d like to punch one demonstrator against him in the face, and lamented that protesters are no longer carried out on stretchers.