In Show Of Tremendous Heart And Character, Trump Protester Hugs The Man Who Punched Him At A Rally

They had their day in court, but Rakeem Jones took the high road.

Nobody would have blamed Rakeem Jones if he declined a handshake or a hug.

Earlier this year, video footage showed that Jones was sucker-punched by a 79-year-old man named John Franklin McGraw while being escorted from a Trump rally for peacefully protesting. The attack made national news, and McGraw showed little remorse immediately after.

"He deserved it," McGraw said of Jones, who is African-American. "The next time we see him, we might have to kill him. We don't know who he is. He might be with a terrorist organization."

"You bet I liked it. Knocking the hell out of that big mouth," McGraw continued. "No. 1, we don't know if he's ISIS. We don't know who he is, but we know he's not acting like an American."

McGraw's words after the fact drew just as much criticism and anger as his physical assault. But in court on Wednesday, the two men appeared to reconcile their differences after McGraw received one year of unsupervised probation.

"You and me have to heal our country," McGraw can be heard saying on video.

Then the two men hugged, drawing an ovation from the crowded courtroom. 

"It just felt good being able to shake his hand…and face him," Jones said of the encounter.

Some spectators were less pleased, noting that had McGraw not punched Jones, Jone would not have needed to be the bigger man.

Others were glad to see people taking a step towards healing rifts after one of the most contentious elections in U.S. history.


You can watch the video of their encounter below:


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