A white man punched and attempted to choke a black protester who was thrown on the ground at a Donald Trump rally Saturday morning.
The protester, well-known activist Mercutio Southall Jr., started shouting during Trump's speech and could be heard yelling, 'Black lives matter!' A fight broke out around him, prompting Trump to briefly halt the rally and demand the removal of Southall. 'Get him the hell out of here, will you, please?' Trump said. Trump had been bragging about his high poll numbers, noting that rival Ben Carson is 'dropping like a rock' in early polls and announcing that he's 'winning big' in Alabama. Trump grew agitated as the commotion took up more and more of his rally time and reporters shifted their focus.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.