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BONUS FRUIT: Shiya Nwanguma, Louisville Protester At Center Of Trump Rally Video, Speaks Out Strange Fruit

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Multiple protesters at the rally on Tuesday in Louisville for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump allege they were pushed by other rally attendees, and some have begun filing police complaints over the incidents. One particular incident from the Trump rally, caught on video by WLKY, has gotten widespread attention from a national audience. The video shows an African-American woman being pushed and yelled at by several men on the floor of the Kentucky International Convention Center. Shiya Nwanguma is the woman at the center of the video. Nwanguma, a 21-year-old University of Louisville student majoring in public health, joined us today for a special episode of Strange Fruit. We talked about why she attended the rally, and how the events unfolded. Nwanguma said she went to protest 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 said. “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 said 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 said. “But I thought it was harmless.” Trump Supporters, Protesters Sound Off In Louisville Nwanguma said 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,” she said. By the time the video starts, she’s been pushed nearly to the back of the room, she said. She said the men seen pushing her on the video hadn’t seen her signs and didn’t know why she was being ejected. Nwanguma said she has an attorney and they haven’t yet decided whether to file charges against the people who pushed her. There were some pretty awful things said. I was called the N-word. I was called the C-word,” she said. Louisville Metro Police said they would investigate any complaints from protesters regarding incidents during the rally. Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine said his office would bring to a grand jury any felony charges filed relating to the Trump rally incidents.

Multiple protesters at the rally on Tuesday in Louisville for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump allege they were pushed by other rally attendees, and some have begun filing police complaints over the incidents. One particular incident from the Trump rally, caught on video by WLKY, has gotten widespread attention from a national audience. The video shows an African-American woman being pushed and yelled at by several men on the floor of the Kentucky International Convention Center. Shiya Nwanguma is the woman at the center of the video. Nwanguma, a 21-year-old University of Louisville student majoring in public health, joined us today for a special episode of Strange Fruit. We talked about why she attended the rally, and how the events unfolded. Nwanguma said she went to protest 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 said. “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 said 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 said. “But I thought it was harmless.” Trump Supporters, Protesters Sound Off In Louisville Nwanguma said 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,” she said. By the time the video starts, she’s been pushed nearly to the back of the room, she said. She said the men seen pushing her on the video hadn’t seen her signs and didn’t know why she was being ejected. Nwanguma said she has an attorney and they haven’t yet decided whether to file charges against the people who pushed her. There were some pretty awful things said. I was called the N-word. I was called the C-word,” she said. Louisville Metro Police said they would investigate any complaints from protesters regarding incidents during the rally. Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine said his office would bring to a grand jury any felony charges filed relating to the Trump rally incidents.

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