Donald Trump might pay legal fees for violent N.C. supporter

Donald Trump might pay legal fees for violent N.C. supporter

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Donald Trump wants to shell out blood money to help one of his hateful goons.

America’s hater-in-chief said Sunday he might pay the legal fees for the crackpot who sucker-punched a black protester at a Trump rally in North Carolina — and vowed to kill the demonstrator if he saw him again.

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“I’m going to take a look at it,” Trump told “Meet the Press” when asked about the fees for 78-year-old John McGraw.

“I’ve actually instructed my people to look into it, yes.”

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Trump has constantly egged on his flock at raging rallies by promising to pay for any legal troubles they cause. But this is the first time Trump has explicitly said he’ll hand over cash to one of his bloodthirsty backers.

McGraw punched protester Rakeem Jones, 26, as cops dragged Jones out of a Fayetteville rally last Wednesday.

Videos of the incident show McGraw, sporting a cowboy hat, suddenly standing up and taking a swing at Jones’ face as police pull the protester up a staircase. McGraw then sits down and soaks up huzzahs from fellow haters sitting near him.

For the first time, Donald Trump said he might directly pay the legal fees for one of his out-of-control supporters.Johnny Louis/FilmMagic

For the first time, Donald Trump said he might directly pay the legal fees for one of his out-of-control supporters.

The cowboy cold cocker boasted about his brutality to “Inside Edition” — and said he’d have Jones’ head if he turned up again.

“Next time we see him, we might have to kill him!” McGraw said.

“We don’t know who he is. He might be with a terrorist organization.”

McGraw was arrested and charged with assault the next day.

But Trump still has his back.

“The man got carried away,” he said Sunday in McGraw’s defense.

“He was 78 years old, he obviously loves his country, and maybe he doesn’t like seeing what’s happening to the country.”

McGraw’s family could not immediately be reached for comment.

Trump refused to censure McGraw’s cheap shot, saying the victim may have had it coming — because he flipped the middle finger at the cops who booted him.

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“He was very taunting. He was very loud, very disruptive,” Trump said about Jones.

“And from what I understand, he was sticking a certain finger up in the air. That is a terrible thing to do in front of somebody that frankly wants to see America made great again.”

Trump’s hateful rallies flew completely out of control in the past week, with a protester nearly storming the stage in Dayton, Ohio and violence erupting in St. Louis and Kansas City. The chaos caused Trump to cancel a rally in Chicago for fear of more clashes.

But the GOP front-runner has regularly told his followers to follow their violent urges at his rallies — and let him take care of the consequences.

“Knock the crap out of him, okay?” Trump told an Iowa crowd in early February about one protester.

“I promise you I will pay for the legal fees, I promise, I promise.”

John McGraw, 78, was arrested the day after the assault. Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office

John McGraw, 78, was arrested the day after the assault.

Enlarge Rakeem Jones after the sucker punch. HANDOUT/REUTERS

Rakeem Jones after the sucker punch.

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John McGraw, 78 (l.), was arrested the day after he was recorded sucker-punching 26-year-old protester Rakeem Jones (r.) at a Donald Trump rally.

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Earlier this month, he goaded his herd as a protester was dragged out of a Warren, Mich. rally.

“Get him out! Try not to hurt him,” Trump yelled. “If you do, I’ll defend you in court.”

Trump has repeatedly denied responsibility for inciting violence at his events — and refused to condemn it as it keeps happening.

But his actions, and inaction, have drawn damnation from the other GOP presidential contenders.

“At the end of the day in any campaign, responsibility starts at the top,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Trump’s closest competitor, told “Meet the Press” Sunday.

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“It is not beneficial when you have a presidential candidate like Donald Trump telling his supporters, ‘Punch that guy in the face.’…I think every candidate ought to aspire towards civility, towards decency, towards bringing us together. I don’t think we should be using angry and hateful rhetoric.”

Several videos show John McGraw (in cowboy hat) punching Rakeem Jones in the face as cops dragged Jones out of a Donald Trump rally.US Uncut via YouTube

Several videos show John McGraw (in cowboy hat) punching Rakeem Jones in the face as cops dragged Jones out of a Donald Trump rally.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told CNN’s “State of the Union” he is “very concerned” someone could die at a Trump rally.

“All the gates of civility have been blown apart,” he said.

“Do we really want to live in a country where everybody hates each other and is at everybody’s throats? That’s what it feels like. We’re heading in a very dangerous direction.”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Trump’s rallies are “not making us proud.”

“There are people all over the world shaking their heads and saying, ‘What the heck happened to America?'” he told “Face the Nation.”

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders — who Trump has accused of planting disrupters at his own campaign events — weighed in too, ripping the mogul for insinuating that he was somehow responsible for the tone of the events.

“He’s lying again,” the Vermont senator said on ABC “This Week.” “He is catching onto the fact that the American people do not support a candidate like Trump whose verbiage, whose language, whose rhetoric incites violence.”

Trump has repeatedly said that his supporters were not to blame for the brouhaha in Chicago last week.

On Saturday he said his backers were “ taunted, they were harassed by these other people — by the way, some represented Bernie, our communist friend.”

And on Sunday he tweeted that “Bernie Sanders is lying when he says his disruptors aren’t told to go to my events.”

“Be careful Bernie, or my supporters will go to yours,” he posted.

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