Trump mistakes black supporter for protester, calls him ‘thug’

During a rally in Kinston, North Carolina, a crowd of Donald Trump supporters became restless as they tried to point out a black man to the Republican nominee.

At first, Trump saw the black man in a suit and sunglasses and waved it off, saying, “That’s all right, leave him alone,” but not long after that, he changed his tune, calling the man a “protester.”

“By the way, were you paid $1,500 to be a thug?” he said. “Where’s the protester? Where is he? Was he paid?”

The man in question was C.J. Cary, and he is actually a huge supporter of Trump’s.

According to Cary, he was standing about 20 to 30 feet from the stage and trying to get Trump’s attention by shouting his name and waving a letter that he wanted to give to Trump. “Everyone else is waving Trump signs and I’m waving this white letter,” he explained, noting that the fact that he was wearing sunglasses in the evening probably set off the crowd as well, but he has a sensitivity to light.

Cary went on to say that a security officer noticed that he was a supporter.

“He asked me, ‘What happened? You have on a GOP badge,'” Cary said. “I said, ‘I’m yelling at Donald, and he thinks I’m a protester.’”

The security officer agreed to give the letter to Trump, telling Cary, “If you had just gotten this to us we would have given it to him. But now that people think you’re a protester, it’s better that you leave.”

Despite what happened at the rally, Cary insists that it’s “all fine” and that he still plans to vote for Trump.

“I was a little sad [that I was escorted out] but was more happy than sad because my purpose for being there was to give that document to Donald,” Cary said. “My mission was to make sure I got it in the right hands, because someone could have just easily tossed it or dropped it.”