You would remember that before Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States in November, his campaign rallies often featured bigotry and violence and sometimes both.
In fact, throughout the billionaire’s presidential run, his supporters punched, pushed, dragged, shoved, humiliated and spat at people, who were mostly Latinos and African-American protesters.
And of many such vile incidents, one that stood out occurred in March at a campaign event in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
John Franklin McGraw, a 78-year-old white Trump supporter, was captured on camera, sucker-punching Rakeem Jones, a black protester, as he was being escorted out of the rally.
However, nearly nine months later, the two men buried the hatchet with a hug that America needed badly.
After throwing the punch, McGraw even stated that Jones “deserved it,” during an interview, before casually threatening to kill him.
“The next time we see him, we might have to kill him. We don’t know who he is. He might be with a terrorist organization,” McGraw told Inside Edition.
McGraw was initially charged with assault and disorderly conduct and later with communicating threats.
But, the case took a turn for the better this week, when both the men appeared before a judge for the sentencing.
McGraw apologized to Jones for his actions, according to WNCN, saying they got “caught up in a political mess.”
Jones accepted the man’s apology and the two then hugged in the courtroom.
“It just felt good being able to shake his hand…and face him,” Jones said.
The reconciliation between the two men comes at a time when more than half of the country is reeling from the victory of a presidential candidate who spewed racially and religiously-charged vitriol all through his campaign. Moreover, hate-based attacks, a lot of them involving Trump supporters as perpetrators, are on the rise in the country ever since the election results came out.
Therefore, the peaceful resolution between McGraw and Jones is exactly what the country needs right now.
McGraw has been sentenced to one-year of unsupervised probation.