Last Updated on May 31, 2021
A New York City leftist was arrested at Citi Field Saturday night after attacking a Mets fan who helped unfurl a “Trump Won” banner in the ballpark’s outfield bleachers, delivering a sucker punch before being promptly subdued by NYPD officers.
Following in the footsteps of a group who unfurled a similar banner at a recent Yankees game, a trio of Mets game attendees hung a massive flag reading “TRUMP WON Save America” off of a Citi Field upper deck Saturday night, before almost immediately being set upon by ballpark security guards, who demanded the group hand the flag over. They declined to do so.
After being escorted out of the viewing area amidst shouts from both pro and anti-Trump baseball fans and again refusing to hand the flag – their property – over to private security personnel, the group was cornered by the security guards, who appeared to refuse to let them leave the ballpark. Moments later, NYPD officers responded to the scene, telling members of the group that security guards wanted to charge them with trespassing, despite their having tickets to the game.
As officers tried to sort out the situation, a man in an orange shirt can be seen in video footage taken by the group’s cameraman sneaking through and around a crowd of security guards milling about the scene, before sucker punching the cameraman from behind.
“That’s assault! That’s assault!” the victim could be heard shouting as police took the anti-Trump assailant to the ground.
As police dealt with the attack, ballpark security continued to harass the group of Trump supporters, with one security guard telling the cameraman “we’re taking that banner too.”
“No you’re not, you know you can’t do that…You can buy the banner for $500 dollars if you want,” he replied, as a graphic attached to the video reads “they didn’t take the flag, and never have.” At the same point in time, the orange-shirted assailant can be seen being escorted out of the ballpark by police, in handcuffs.
After eventually handing identification over to police and security, the group was freely escorted from the ballpark, with police telling members of the group to “come back any other time, just not tonight,” and assuring them that the assailant was “elsewhere.”