An alleged supporter of Donald Trump reportedly verbally and physically attacked two university students in Kansas while in a local gas station.
The two students, one Muslim and also the other Hispanic, were reportedly assaulted after having noticed that a white man was using racist language toward a black man in the local Kwik Stop whilst shouting Donald Trump’s name. ?It was at that point that the white man turned his attention to?Khondoker Usama, the student body v . p . at Wichita State, and the friend.
\”Then suddenly it turned onto us, calling us \’brown trash, go home. Trump will win,\’ \” Usama told the Wichita Eagle. \”You want to live in america, you better leave.\”
According to Usama, his friend responded by telling the person, “This is my country; who are you to let me know that?\” ?The situation then stepped one stage further, and although?Usama was attempting to keep the peace, the man punched Usama’s friend, sending him down. ?Usama said he did not want to get in between the two?while he thought the person had a weapon, reports Justin Salhani for ThinkProgress.
\”He kept kicking the student who was laying on the floor,\” Usama said. \”He was kicking him; it was a gut-wrenching scene. He saw which i was calling law enforcement and got back on his motorcycle and circled around us and was saying, \’Trump, Trump, Trump, we will make America great again. You losers will be thrown out of the wall.\’\”
The police report states that the man kicked the students’ car, leaving “minor damage,” and then hit one of the students.
The suspect has yet to be caught by local law enforcement as the Wichita police continue to investigate the incident, reports KSN News. ?They are currently searching for a white male in his 30′s, who is about 6 feet in height and 200 pounds. ?They are also searching for a mystery make van that\’s mostly white with grey at the base. ?The person who was inside the van might be a witness to the event.
Video of the attack was recently released by police that showed the attack on the two students. ?While the pair are referring to what happened to them as a hate crime, the police are not, and are instead calling it a “disturbance.” ?Lt. Jeff Gilmore said no comment is going to be made until they have heard every side to the story.
A press conference was held by the?Council on American-Islamic Relations that asked for a hate crime probe?in to the situation. ?The group says Trump would be to blame for any rise in Islamophobia which has occurred nationwide last month, reports Amanda Terkel for?The Huffington Post.
Usama said that as the vice president of student government at WSU, it is up to him to use his position to talk out by what happened to himself and his friend in order to make a change in the country.
This is not the first instance of violence erupting from Trump supporters. ?A week ago, a man punched another man in a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina. ?The local sheriff’s office did say that it would not be charging Trump or his campaign with inciting a riot in the event.