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Man Arrested For Punching Black Trump Supporter (Video)

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A man has been arrested after he reportedly sucker punched a black supporter of President Donald Trump (video below).

Richard Losey, 20, was caught on camera punching Republican activist R.C. Maxwell at an "America First" pro-Trump rally in Laguna Beach, California, on Aug. 20, Daily Mail reports.

Maxwell, who said the attack was unprovoked, was talking to counter protesters when Losey allegedly snuck up on him and punched his head.

Police said Maxwell was "peacefully" speaking with a group of anti-Trump protesters at the 2,500 person rally when Losey allegedly attacked him, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"I went over to the left side to see if I could engage them with dialogue and I was instantly encircled by the so-called anti-fascists," said Maxwell, who calls himself the "Black Sean Hannity."

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In video footage of the incident, Maxwell can be heard arguing with counter protesters.

"There is a problem with illegal immigration; I speak out against that," Maxwell says in the clip. "That doesn't make me a Nazi."

One protester in the footage yells, "You're a traitor!" while another says, "People want you in chains, dude."

"If you want to keep the peace, you should leave," advises another.

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Losey reportedly took to Twitter later to identify himself as the one who had punched Maxwell.

"I did it because he would [not] stop talking about Trump when all of us told him thousands of times we didn't want to hear it," wrote Losey on Twitter. "I am NOT racist."

"And I did what I had to do," he added. "He ran and left us alone when his input wasn't wanted. We all told him to leave and he didn't. He had it coming."

Losey even joked in a tweet, "Please arrest me LMAO."

Maxwell said that the media hasn't covered his story enough.

"If the optics were completely different and I was a Black Lives Matter supporter and I was attacked on the Trump side of a protest I would be in the spotlight on CNN right now," Maxwell said, according to Real Clear Politics.

Losey was arrested while trying to buy a bus ticket to Ohio. Police said they believed he was trying to "flee the state to avoid criminal prosecution."

Losey was charged with misdemeanor battery, to which he pleaded not guilty. He was initially arrested for battery with a hate crime enhancement but prosecutors said there was "not enough evidence" to charge him with the hate crime battery.

"Political motivation is not an area covered under hate crimes in the penal code," said District Attorney Chief of Staff Susan Kang Schroeder.

Sources: Daily Mail, Los Angeles Times, Real Clear Politics / Featured Image: Mathiaswasik/Flickr / Embedded Images: Facebook via Daily Mail, R.C. Maxwell/Facebook via Daily Mail

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