At a Super Tuesday rally for Donald Trump in Louisville, Kentucky, a group of black protesters holding up signs were surrounded by angry Trump supporters, after the Republican frontrunner had called to “get them out of here”. One young African-American student, Shiya Nwanguma could be seen in a video being shoved around and eventually removed from the rally by the angry mob.
In a cell phone video later posted to Facebook, she alleged that she was “called a n*gger and a c*nt” before getting kicked out, saying: “They were pushing and shoving at me, cursing at me, yelling at me, called me every name in the book. They were disgusting and dangerous.”
Columnist Shaun King of the NY Daily News identified one of the men in the video who could be seen pushing Nwanguma around as Matthew Heimbach, a member of the Traditonalist Worker Party, known for starting a “White Student Union” at his college. (Party members posted online after the event to deny they are “White Supremacist” and describe themselves as “identitarians” and “White Nationalists.”) In a profile produced by Al-Jazeera, it was reported the Southern Poverty Law Center had published an article in the past, referring to Heimbach as The Little Fuhrer.
In a blogpost Heimbach wrote for Traditionalist Youth Network after the Trump rally, he admitted that he was “helping the crowd drive out one of the women who had been pushing, shoving, barking, and screaming at the attendees for the better part of an hour,” blaming the escalation of the situation on Black Lives Matter protesters.
He does not deny the manner in which Nwanguma was “roughed up,” only that it was an issue of race. “Taken out of context, the elderly veteran, several others in the crowd, and I appear to be roughing up the woman because she’s Black,” he wrote.
In other footage that has emerged, Nwanguma can be seen being pushed by members of the crowd as Heimbach screams “leftist scum.”
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A second protester, Chanelle Helm, told the New York Daily News: “In my entire life I had never had anyone look at me with such hate. It was like the videos and photos we’ve seen from the Little Rock 9 and other school integration moments from the 1950s and ’60s where the fury was palpable in the eyes of the white women,” she said.
Read the full story at NY Daily News.