Anti-Trump protesters gathered outside the White House Thursday night as President Trump accepted the Republican party’s nomination for re-election.
According to the Daily Caller:
An elderly man was assaulted by protesters outside the White House in Black Lives Matter Plaza, Washington, D.C. Thursday night.
Protesters reportedly punched him in the head before he fell to the ground near Lafayette Square Park, according to a video of the incident.
Video footage of the attack shows protesters shouting “get the f— out” at the man as they followed him towards St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Protesters also joined voices in a chant threatening to “burn down” St. John’s — which was already partially burnt during the June riots –, “if we don’t get justice.” The subject of their pleas for justice is unclear.
Crowds of “protesters” also attempted to block attendees of Trump’s nomination speech from leaving the premises after the event ended, pushing some up against the White House perimeter fence while shouting expletives at them.
Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones — who is Black — was accosted by a group of BLM protesters who shouted “Are you a black Trump supporter? You’re a f—— disgrace! Shame!” Others lobbed racial epithets at him as he made his way back to his hotel.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was also attacked by the angry mob after leaving the White House, and said on Friday that “the threats were to f— you up, to you know, to kill you.”
“The threats were if they could get ahold of you, and I truly believe with every fiber of my being, had they gotten at us, they would have gotten us to the ground,” Paul continued. “Had we not gotten to the police, I truly leave that the police saved our lives, and we would not be here today, or we’d be in a hospital today had the police not been there.”