Trump Blames Wisconsin Lawmaker For Being Assaulted By Protesters

President Donald Trump erroneously suggested that a Wisconsin Democratic state senator who was attacked during a protest this week took it upon himself because he "happened to be gay and was probably out there to root her or something" .
Senator Tim Carpenter, 60, says eight to ten people beat and kicked him for unknown reasons when he recorded a video of a protest at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison earlier this week on his cell phone. Witnesses said the attack was not provoked, an allegation supported by video. The police were still looking for Carpenter attackers on Friday.
The protest broke out late Tuesday after officials arrested a black man who, according to police, went to a restaurant with a megaphone and a baseball bat.
Trump accused Carpenter of being attacked by Fox News during a town hall with Sean Hannity on Thursday. The president said the state senator is likely to promote destructive actions by demonstrators who eventually toppled a statue of anti-slavery activist Colonel Hans Christian Heg, who died in the civil war fighting for the Union.
"The person who beat them up was a Democrat who happened to be gay, and he was probably out there to root them, or something because Democrats think it's wonderful that they destroy our country," Trump said. "It's a very sick thing. Nobody has ever seen it."
It was unclear why Trump pointed out that Carpenter is gay.
Aaron Rupar

June 26, 2020
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Trump has repeatedly described the coronavirus pandemic as an "artificial problem". (The 126,000 Americans who died could not be reached for comment.)
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"The person who beat her up was a Democrat who happened to be gay" - Trump brings up the sexual orientation of a Wisconsin politician for no apparent reason
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Carpenter was stunned.
"I don't know which is worse - beating or turning something so personal that happened to you and arms against you," he told the newspaper.
He tweeted a similar statement, describing the "beating" that Trump gave to the truth.
Joe Bauers
June 26, 2020
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According to @realDonaldTrump, because @TimCarpenterMKE has rooted it. Trump is not known for speaking out of his ass, so it must be what happened.
Tim Carpenter
@ TimCarpenterMKE
I heard what Trump said in Fox City Hall. I was in the MSN uprising - tapes of what happened. I don't know what is more brutal than the beatings I took or the lies and beatings of truth by Trump. My body will heal over time, but DJT'S LIES will live forever. He is holy / desperate
8:21 AM - June 26, 2020Milwaukee, WI
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Carpenter told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he supported civil rights and tried to explain this to the people who had attacked him - but he did not encourage violence or destruction in any way.
He posted a video of his attackers on Twitter after being attacked and pleaded, "Stop violence now, Plz!"
Lance Veeser
June 24, 2020
I think that's State Senator Tim Carpenter. Minutes earlier, he told us that the demonstrators had attacked him. Then he collapsed and headed for the Capitol. We called paramedics. An ambulance is here now.
Tim Carpenter
@ TimCarpenterMKE
I took this picture - it attacked and beat me up. Punched / kicked in the head, neck and ribs. Maybe a concussion in the left eye is a little blurry, sore throat and rib pain. 8-10 people attacked me. Innocent people are killed. The Capitol is stuck in the office. Stop the violence now.
12:04 p.m. - June 24, 2020Wisconsin State Capitol
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Lance Veeser
I think that's State Senator Tim Carpenter. Minutes earlier, he told us that the demonstrators had attacked him. Then he collapsed and headed for the Capitol. We called paramedics. An ambulance is here now.
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After close combat before the Capitol, Governor Tony Evers (D) made the Wisconsin National Guard aware of the protection of state buildings, including the Capitol, on Wednesday.
He also vowed to bring the Carpenter attackers to justice.
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