The Cumberland County sheriff is considering charging Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump with inciting a riot after last week’s raucous rally, the Fayetteville Observer reported Monday.
TV cameras caught a Trump supporter sucker punching a protester as the protester was being led out of the rally.
John Franklin McGraw, 78, was charged last week with misdemeanor assault, communicating threats and disorderly conduct after the March 9 incident at the Crown Coliseum.
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“We are looking at the totality of these circumstances, including any additional charges against Mr. McGraw, including the potential of whether there was conduct on the part of Mr. Trump or the Trump campaign which rose to the level of inciting a riot,” Sheriff's Office lawyer Ronnie Mitchell told the Fayetteville Observer.
Trump was forced to cancel a Chicago rally last Friday after thousands of protesters threatened to disrupt it. Fistfights broke out between some supporters and protesters.