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Anti-Trump Student Protester Violently Attacked at Campus Rally

Anti-Trump Student Protester Violently Attacked at Campus Rally

Following the incident, the student got back up and finished his speech.

An anti-Trump protest became violent on Monday after a Trump supporter attacked a student speaker at a demonstration held on The Ohio State University's campus.

Video captured of the incident shows a man in a red and grey sweater, the college's signature colors, tackling a protester from behind as he addresses the rally through a megaphone on a stairway in the student union. The victim, identified as Timothy Adams, was violently thrown down the stairs, breaking his glasses and his bullhorn. The attacker, Shane Stanton, was mobbed by the crowd before students pulled them off.

Protesters yelled "shame!" as Stanton was arrested by campus police. He will face charges as well as an immediate suspension from the school, as The Ohio State University student paperThe Lantern reports.

"The assault that occurred -- that's what it was -- in the Union tonight is completely unacceptable," Gerard Basalla, the student body president, told The Lantern. "Every person on this campus has the right to feel safe and voice their opinion without fearing harm. We can't be having this."

Nonetheless, many students who attended the rally admitted to feeling afraid in the days since Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States.

"I have never been so fucking scared to leave my room," said Brendan Walsh, the president of Pride OSU, the college's LGBT student group. "I am a white, gay male... and I acknowledge my privilege. I'm scared and if I'm scared, what has this election done to this community?"

This was the third rally held at Ohio State's Thompson Library in the past week, the location from which the originated on Monday evening before protesters marched through campus. Organized by the Socialist Alternative campus group, students hoisted handwritten signs reading "Dump Trump" and "This pussy grabs back." The latter is an allusion to comments the president-elect made on leaked tapes in which he discusses sexually assaulting women.

Although it began as a small gathering, hundreds reportedly joined in the protest, including elderly residents who reside in the area surrounding the campus. One protestor, though, reportedly traveled all the way from Phoenix, Arizona to be in attendance.

Prior to the protests, the campus sent out an email stating that while it's committed to free speech, the university does not condone violence.

"We pride ourselves on being an inclusive, welcoming and ultimately safe place for people and ideas from all corners of our society and all around the world," campus administration stated. "We protect First Amendment rights actively, but we do not under any circumstances tolerate intimidation or threats to students, faculty, staff or visitors to our campus."

Following the incident, Adams brushed himself off and finished his speech -- using the moment as a call for solidarity in the face of hate.

"I think, if anything, tonight shows that we really need to bring people into social movements, bring people into social organizations and to come out for each other and stand up for each other," he said. "Ultimately, coming together is the only thing that's going to stop any kind of violence."

Watch the video of the incident below.

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