A man is facing criminal charges after allegedly assaulting a protester who was being removed from a Donald Trump rally in North Carolina. John McGraw, 78, of Linden, North Carolina, has been charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct. The incident, which occurred on 9 March in Fayetteville, was caught on video by bystanders.

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Rakeem Jones lies on the ground while being removed by deputies from a Donald Trump rally in Fayetteville, North CarolinaReuters

The victim, Rakeem Jones, 26, was being escorted from a rally from the rally on 9 March when McGraw apparently hit him. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office has since said it was investigating why officers arrested the protester but not the alleged attacker.

After the incident, Jones explained that the blow caught him off-guard. "After I got hit, before I could even gain my thoughts, I'm on the ground getting escorted out."

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From left: Rakeem Jones, John McGrawReuters

This is not the first time that violence has occurred against anti-Trump protesters. Trump rallies are notoriously boisterous. The Republican candidate using extreme hyperbole, riling up the crowd of supporters with his plans about how he is going to make the country "great again".

The billionaire businessman often pauses to scold protesters before asking security officers to take them away. At a rally in February in Nevada, he said of a protester: "I'd like to punch him in the face."

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Combination image showing anti-Trump protesters at rallies in Rock Hill, South Carolina, University of Central Florida and Fayetteville, North CarolinaReuters
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A protester is escorted out of a campaign rally for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in North Augusta, South CarolinaRainier Ehrhardt/ Reuters
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Photographer Christopher Morris is removed by security officials as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Radford, VirginiaChris Keane/ Reuters
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Women protest U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, before being escorted out, during a campaign rally in the Kansas Republican Caucus in Wichita, KansasDave Kaup/ Reuters
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A protester is removed from the event by security personnel before U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke at campaign event in Concord, North CarolinaChris Keane/ Reuters
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A protester is escorted out of a U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump campaign event in Muscatine, IowaJim Young/ Reuters
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A demonstrator is forcibly removed from U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign rally in Fayetteville, North CarolinaJonathan Drake/ Reuters
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A protestor in the stands at a rally for Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in Oklahoma City, OklahomaNick Oxford/ Reuters
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A protester is escorted out of a campaign rally for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in North Augusta, South CarolinaRainier Ehrhardt/ Reuters
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Protesters against Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump gather outside a Republican presidential debate site in Detroit, MichiganCarlos Barria/ Reuters

During an Orlando, Florida, rally, he had thousands of his supporters pledge their allegiance to him before the 15 March primary. "Can I have a pledge? A swearing?" he said as he raised his right hand into the air. "Raise your right hand," he told the crowd before leading them in a pledge. "I do solemnly swear," he began, "That I—no matter how I feel, no matter what the conditions, if there's hurricanes or whatever." When the crowd failed to repeat the pledge verbatim, Trump reassured them they were doing all right. "That's good enough," he noted before continuing the pledge.

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Taking to the streets, anti-Trump protesters hold placards and shouting slogans demanding that the US voters 'Dump Trump'. Online abuse has also been a common way of people expressing their hatred for the millionaire tycoon – following Trump's failure to secure victory at the Iowa caucuses, an automatic redirect has been set up to his Wikipedia page when 'loser.com' is typed into a search engine.

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A protester holds signs referring to Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump outside the Republican presidential debate site in Manchester, New HampshireRick Wilking/ Reuters
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A man reads the U.S. Constitution during an anti-Donald Trump, pro-immigration protest outside the Plaza Hotel, where U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke, in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBrendan McDermid/ Reuters
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A protester displays a sign to attendees arriving for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign rally in Fayetteville, North CarolinaJonathan Drake/ Reuters
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Protesters stand together outside the CFE Arena on the campus of the University of Central Florida where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in Orlando, FloridaJoe Raedle/ Getty Images
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Protesters stand outside of the arena where Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FloridaKevin Kolczynski/ Reuters
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People take part in an anti-Donald Trump, pro-immigration protest outside the Plaza Hotel, where U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke, in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBrendan McDermid/ Reuters
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Demonstrator Kristi Johnson holds a sign outside the hotel where Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump was scheduled to hold a campaign rally in Portland, MaineJoel Page/ Reuters
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Protesters stand together outside the CFE Arena on the campus of the University of Central Florida where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was scheduled to hold a rallyJoe Raedle/ Getty Images
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Demonstrators protest against Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump outside the historic Fox Theatre before the GOP presidential debate in Detroit, MichiganChip Somodevilla/ Getty Images

Donald Trump is currently the front-runner to be the Republican party's presidential nominee for the general election on 8 November 2016. However, his rallies are now becoming more and more bombarded with demonstrators, who shout slogans among his crowds of supporters, showing no fear as most are escorted out by police.

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles as protestors hold up a sign reading "No Place for Hate in Maine" during a campaign rally in Portland, MaineJoel Page/ Reuters
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A man wears a Donald Trump costume while singing a song about him while protesters rally in front of the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas, NevadaJosh Edelson/ AFP