A gay man from Calgary, Canada, was attacked by empassioned Trump supporters on Election Night in Santa Monica, Calif.
Chris Ball, a film producer visiting California, was watching the election results at a bar, where tensions between Trump and Clinton supporters heightened as the night progressed.
“People started launching homophobic slurs at me from afar,” Ball told Metro, a Canadian publication. “I mean, I kind of got into it, but I didn’t want to provoke them.”
As Ball left the bar alone later in the evening, he was jumped by a group of men. One of the men smashed a beer bottle on his face. He fell, hit his head on the concrete, and blacked out.
“When I came to, I remember waking up and wiping the blood from my eyes. I called some friends, they picked me up and I went right to the hospital," said Ball.
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Ball received five staples in his head at the hospital and insisted that the wound looked worse than it was.
“I’m in pretty good spirits. That’s just how I have to handle it. I’m alive and well and still very gay," said Ball.
Ball told Metro that he believed the attack was a "hate issue" fueled by drunk people who were using Trump as an excuse to get violent. But then he also said that he wasn't sure it was a Trump supporter because he believes homophobia may have been the real cause of the attack.
He also told the publication that he doesn't believe this incident is representative of all Americans, or Trump supporters, but that these Trump-fueled hate attacks may become more normal during Trump's presidency.
Santa Monica police have yet to confirm the attack, reports Metro.