An alleged supporter of Donald Trump reportedly verbally and physically attacked two university students in Kansas while at a local gas station.
The two students, one Muslim and the other Hispanic, were reportedly assaulted after having noticed that a white man was using racist language toward a black man at the local Kwik Stop while also shouting Donald Trump’s name. It was at that point that the white man turned his attention to Khondoker Usama, the student body vice president at Wichita State, and his 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 this country, you better leave.”
According to Usama, his friend responded by telling the man, “This is my country; who are you to tell me that?” The situation then stepped to the next level, and although Usama was trying to keep the peace, the man punched Usama’s friend, sending him to the ground. Usama said he did not want to get in between the two because he thought the man had a weapon, reports Justin Salhani for ThinkProgress.
“He kept kicking the student who was laying on the ground,” Usama said. “He was kicking him; it was a gut-wrenching scene. He saw that I was calling the police 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 looking for a white male in his 30’s, who is about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. They are also searching for an unknown make van that is mostly white with grey on the bottom. The person who was inside the van could 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 will be made until they have heard all sides to the story.
A press conference was held by the Council on American-Islamic Relations that asked for a hate crime probe into the situation. The group says Trump is to blame for a rise in Islamophobia that has occurred across the nation 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 speak out about what happened to himself and his friend in an effort to make a change in the country.
This is not the first instance of violence erupting from Trump supporters. Last week, a man punched another man at 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 at the event.