Donald Trump booted a black man from a North Carolina rally and called him a “thug” after mistaking him for a protester hired by the Clinton campaign.
The ejected attendee, C.J. Cary, is actually an ardent Trump supporter who says he’s exchanged letters with the real estate mogul since 1992, according to a Rocky Mount Telegram story from July.
Cary, a 63-year-old former Marine, arrived to the rally in Kinston, N.C., on Thursday night hoping to give Trump a note urging him to run a more inclusive campaign, he told the News & Observer.
“He entirely mistook that and thought I was a protester,” Cary told the paper.
Cary said he was determined to deliver Trump a message encouraging him to be more accepting of black people, women, the disabled and college students, the News & Observer reported.
He managed to get within 30 feet of the podium where Trump was speaking, waving the note and shouting “Donald,” before the candidate singled him out.
Video of the incident shows Trump ask him: “Were you paid $1,500 to be a thug?”
Trump was referencing earlier claims that the Clinton campaign pays protesters to disrupt his rallies.
Cary explained to a security officer escorting him out of the rally that he was a supporter intending to give Trump a note and asked the officer to deliver it for him.
“He said, ‘Well dude, we’d be happy to give it to him,’ ” Cary told the paper.
A photo shows Cary, in sunglasses, passing a piece of paper to someone reported to be a security official.
Cary’s support for Trump is well-documented — in July, he told the Rocky Mount Telegram that he’s spent roughly $1,800 replacing some of the 40 Trump campaign sings he displays in his yard when vandals repeatedly steal them.
In the same story, he said he began corresponding with Trump in 1992 while the magnate was going through his first divorce. Cary said Trump responded to his letters.
“I support Trump because he’s honest,” Cary told the Rocky Mount Telegram. “You can work with an honest person and convince them their vision isn’t in the best interest of everyone. You can’t work with dishonest people. That’s why I don’t like Obama — the worst president in American history.”
Trump has targeted black attendees at his rallies in the past.
At an event in California in June, Trump singled out a black man yelling: “Oh, look at my African-American over here!”
The GOP nominee is earning a paltry 4% of black likely voters, according to the latest CBS News poll.
Source: NY Daily News