Protesters at Tuesday's Donald Trump rally in Louisville say they were pushed by other rally attendees, and some have begun pressing charges against the people who pushed them. One particular incident, caught on video by WLKY, has gotten particular attention from a national audience. The video shows an African-American woman being pushed and yelled at by several men.
Shiya Nwanguma is the woman at the center of the video. She's a 21-year-old University of Louisville student majoring in public health. She spoke today with Jaison Gardner and Kaila Story, hosts of WFPL's Strange Fruit, about why she attended the rally, and how the events unfolded.
Nwanguma says she was at the rally alone. "I felt like if I had a lot of people with me, it might have caused a lot of ruckus and a lot of trouble," she says. "And while I did want to take a stand, I was mainly concerned about going there to take a stand to show Donald Trump himself. I didn't want to antagonize his supporters whatsoever."
She says she slowly made her way to the front of the crowd, then held up two signs that had Trump's face Photoshopped onto a pig's body. "That's not nice. I know it's not nice. I know it's not a positive thing," she admits. "But I thought it was harmless."
Nwanguma says people were already trying to take the signs from her hands when Trump saw her from the podium and told the crowd to get her out. "And then that's when everybody started to attack me."
By the time the video picks up, she's been pushed nearly to the back of the room. She says the men seen pushing her on the video hadn't seen her signs and didn't know why she was being ejected. She also says she was called the n-word and the c-word.
Nwanguma says she has an attorney and they haven't yet decided whether to file charges against the people who pushed her.
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