Tony Foreman is a big supporter of President Donald Trump — and he paid the price for it at a “free speech rally” in Santa Monica, California.
He was stabbed nine times immediately after he left the sanctuary-city protest.
Foreman works as a bodyguard for Tim Gionet, an pro-Trump Internet personality known as “BakedAlaska,” his Twitter handle. He is also a member of Oathkeepers, a group of veterans who provide security at pro-Trump rallies.
“This was politically motivated,” Omar Navarro told Fox 11. “That’s a concern because he’s a good friend of mine. I’m just really shocked someone would do this. What happened to free speech?”
Gionet told the news station, “We don’t know if it was politically motivated, but we do know there were some racial slurs for him being white that were said to him.”
He added: “It’s been pretty heartbreaking. He’s lucky to be alive getting stabbed nine times.”
Gionet, who claimed the assailants shouted “white boy & cracker,” tweeted: “LAPD detective tells me the last thing Tony heard before blacking out was: ‘You’re getting the shank White Boy.”
Santa Monica police confirmed they have arrested two suspects.
“The victim and suspects got into an argument that continued as both vehicles pulled out of a parking structure and allegedly resulted in a minor traffic collision,” police said.
According to the HeatStreet blog, Lt. Saul Rodriguez of the Santa Monica Police Department said the two male suspects have been identified as Edgar Khodzhasaryan, 30, and Arsen Bekverdyan, 31.
The two men were charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Bail was set at $1 million.
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