Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) trip to Iowa this weekend is one of the first stops in her 2020 campaign tour, which will only heat up over the next year and a half. And though Warren is one of the more popular Democrats hoping to unseat Trump, her rally didn’t go off without a hitch.
The controversy in Warren’s visit to Iowa was provided by a supporter of President Donald Trump who allegedly decided to hit one of the attendees with a selfie stick. We don’t know if any charges were filed, but the suspect left the event in a cop car.
NBC reporter Alex Seitz-Wald managed to capture a video of the aftermath.
“You hit him with a stick,” a man says in the clip, to which the Trump fan responds, “Yeah, I did because he hit me first.”
But a witness quickly denies the ordeal.
“No, he didn’t. I have it on video,” the witness replies.
Watch two videos from the incident below:
Here’s the Trump supporter who was just arrested at Warren’s Storm Lake event admiting he hit a guy with a selfie stick (yes, really), but claiming he was struck first. Witnesses deny that. pic.twitter.com/Caw0IBkes8
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) January 5, 2019
Seltz-Wald reported that the man yelled “Trump 2020” as he was waiting in a police car to be escorted away.
Warren and her campaign have not yet commented on the incident.
At his own rallies, Trump often encouraged his supporters to get violent with protesters, which sometimes popped up at his events.
“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously, OK?” he told a crowd in February 2016. Moments later, he promised to pay for the legal fees of his fans if they were arrested.
Later that month, he said of a protester, “I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you.”
It’s possible that we’ll see those scenes unfolding again as the 2020 race continues and Trump returns to his beloved rallies. He’s already taken aim at Warren, whom he calls “Pocahontas” because she once claimed to be of Native American ancestry.