ANAHEIM, Ca. – An eighty-two year-old veteran of the Korean War was hospitalized Wednesday after he was brutally assaulted by a group of nearly a dozen men and women who were on their way to a nearby event at the Anaheim Convention Center for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Jack Leonard, a Burbank native, was walking near the convention center with his twenty-three year-old granddaughter when he was approached by the group of Trump supporters. “One of them called out, ‘Go back to Vermont you socialist pig!'” Leonard’s granddaughter recalled. “At first we thought it was some kind of joke,” she told Fox 11 News.
But as more people joined in on the heckling, Mr. Leonard and his granddaughter decided it was time to leave. “We started walking back toward my car and I could hear people behind us shouting that my grandfather was Bernie Sanders and I just thought to myself, they look nothing alike!”
That’s when the unthinkable happened. The eighty-two year-old was struck from behind by several assailants, some using their fists while others used ‘Make America Great Again’ placards and American flag poles to bludgeon the Purple Heart recipient until he collapsed unconscious on the pavement. Meanwhile, a mob had formed around the group, loudly chanting Trump’s name.
Leonard was rushed to Anaheim Regional Medical Center where doctors later said he suffered three broken ribs and sustained lacerations to his head and neck. “He has remained very positive throughout the whole ordeal,” Dr. Arjun Gupta, chief of surgery at Anaheim Regional. told Fox 11. Dr. Gupta said Mr. Leonard is expected to make a full recovery.