Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Sunday said that he was considering paying the legal fees for a supporter who was charged with assault for sucker-punching a black protester at a rally in North Carolina last week.
John McGraw, 78, was charged with disorderly conduct, after he was caught on video punching a man in the back of the head at a Trump event in Fayetteville.
On Sunday, NBC’s Chuck Todd asked the candidate if he would cover McGraw’s legal fees.
“Well, I’m not aware — I will say this, I do want to see what that young man [who was sucker-punched] was doing,” Trump replied. “Because he was very taunting, he was very loud, very disruptive. And from what I understand a certain finger was up in the air.”
“And that is a terrible thing to do in front of somebody who, frankly, wants to see American made great again,” he added. “And so, we’ll see. I’m going to take a look at it. But I want to see what that man was doing.”
“And that condones a sucker-punch?” Todd wondered.
“Nothing condones, but I want to see,” Trump said. “The man got carried away. He is 78 years old. He obviously loves his country, and maybe he doesn’t like seeing what’s happening to the country. I want to see the full tape.”
“So, it’s possible you could help him with legal fees?” the NBC host pressed.
“I’ve actually instructed my people to look into it,” Trump stated.
Watch the video below from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast March 13, 2016.