A man has been arrested and charged with assault after allegedly punching a Trump rally-goer in the face two weeks ago in Minneapolis, leaving the victim with a gash requiring multiple stitches.
The Star Tribune reports 31-year-old Dwight Lewis was charged Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court with third-degree assault and remains in jail in lieu of $40,000 bail, and is set to appear in court Thursday.
According to the report, a 22-year-old man went to police the day after the rally and reported that he was punched in the mouth as he was leaving the Target Center following Trump’s rally, ending up with multiple stitches. Using media footage from outside the event, police were able to identify Lewis, who reportedly turned himself in and admitted to the assault.
“Lewis has a criminal history in Minnesota that includes some violent acts and spans his entire adult life. He has been convicted four times for disorderly conduct, twice for assault and once each for property damage and making terroristic threats,” the Star Tribune reports.
Unfortunately, violence against Trump supporters, particularly outside his rallies, is far from uncommon, and perpetrators often go unidentified and unpunished. At that same Minneapolis rally, a woman was filmed being smacked in the face by a female anti-Trump protester as she was leaving the rally hand-in-hand with a man wearing a red MAGA hat. Another Trump supporter was spit on as he was being interviewed on camera by Vice News.