Blake Masters, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Arizona, forcibly removed a Democratic activist from a GOP mixer last weekend, according to video footage of the event.
The incident happened during a meeting with Republican candidates in Green Valley, Arizona on Saturday night. Peter Jackson, a 73-year-old Democrat activist, came to the event wearing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ t-shirt and a button that read ‘fully vaxxed’; he was immediately confronted by those present at the meeting, according to video footage uploaded to YouTube.
The group started yelling at him to leave, calling him a “hypocrite” and telling him he was not welcome. The footage then shows a woman filming Jackson with her cell phone before punching him in the face. The camera pans out, and then we see Masters rushing towards Jackson, catching him before he drops to his knees.
Jackson is then ejected from the room and thrown to the ground; someone yells “Lock the door!” Another person then says he “kicked a lady”. The footage did not appear to show Jackson hitting anyone.
The showdown begins at 3:09 in the video below.
In a statement to local media, Masters confirmed that he “stepped in and ended” Jackson’s behavior.
“A left-wing activist came to a Republican event, started harassing people, then hit a woman,” Masters told Green Valley News in a statement. “I intervened and put an end to this. He was later arrested by police and cited for assault. Let’s be clear: if you come to an event I’m attending and attack a woman, it’s going to be a bad day for you. »
Masters did not immediately respond to a request for comment from HuffPost.
Jackson was cited after the brouhaha for trespassing and common assault and is scheduled to appear in court on June 23, Green Valley News reported.
Masters, who is backed by billionaire Peter Thiel and has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, drew heavy criticism this week after The Daily Beast reiterated comments claiming gun violence in America is largely a racial problem.
“We have a gun violence problem in this country, and that’s gang violence.” Masters told “The Jeff Oravits Show” podcast in April. “It’s people from Chicago, St. Louis shooting each other. Very often, you know, black people, frankly.
The comments add to Masters’ nationalist rhetoric, a tag he owns and is part of his campaign. He also pushed the debunked “replacement theory” conspiracy, which claims Democrats and others in power are working to replace white voters with people of color through immigration policies.
“Obviously the Democrats, they’re just hoping to change the demographics of our country,” he said on the “Patriot Edition” podcast late last month, according to The Associated Press. “They hope to import an entirely new electorate. Then they call you racist and bigoted.