Five people were arrested at Donald Trump’s rally Monday night in Asheville, North Carolina — with two more arrests to come.
Police plan to arrest Richard Campbell of Edisto Island, South Carolina for assaulting 69-year-old Shirley Teter.
She has protested her whole life, she said. Now, she adds Trump’s campaign to the list of things she’s protested against.
“Why did I get involved yesterday, at my age? Because I ran into another situation that was sickening my heart,” she said Tuesday afternoon, outside Cafe 64 in downtown Asheville.
Protesters met Trump supporters before the rally, and Teter was having fun.
“Whenever groups of them would start chanting ‘Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!’ I would chant back, ‘Dump! Dump! Dump! Dump!’ It was kind of comical,” Teter said.
After the rally, Teter experienced something she had never seen in all of her protests. Peace teetered over into something else.
“I said, ‘You better learn to speak Russian,’ and I said, ‘The first two words are going to be ha ha.’ He stopped in his tracks, and he turned around and just cold-cocked me,” Teter said.
She was punched in the face.
She says she fell on her oxygen tank and has sore ribs, a sore jaw, and cut her elbow. She later went to the hospital and is thankful she did not break any bones.
Police said they didn’t make an arrest because officers didn’t witness the punch.
Teter thanked the police for giving her a ride home. She said they were wonderful.
Many people expressed concerns for Teter on social media, and to those folks she says, “Thank you.”
After our interview, Teter called News 13. She wanted to add one more thing, a question.
She asks if people find a Trump supporter punching her in the face deplorable.
It is ABSOLUTELY deplorable.