A Republican who launched a write in campaign to challenge Rep. Ayanna Pressley in Massachusetts was hospitalized with a broken tibia after a fist fight with Joe Biden supporters on Monday.
Video has surfaced of the incident, in which the candidate and leftists were antagonizing each other before becoming physical.
Rayla Campbell, a black Republican woman, got into a scuffle with the leftists in a parking lot in New Bedford after she left a pro-Trump event. Video of the altercation was obtained by radio station WBSM and appears to begin as Campbell and a man who was filming are already arguing with the two women by their car.
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It is unclear who threw the first punch, or how the confrontation started, but WBSM notes that Campbell may have had a hand in instigating the situation.
“The passenger then appears to take a fighting stance against Campbell, as Campbell once again asks, “You want to f—ing do this?” Campbell appears to then make a move toward the passenger, and a tussle ensues between the two women. It is seemingly unclear from the video who initiated the physical attack,” WBSM reports.
Witnesses at the scene say in the video that the women hit Campbell first.
Campbell has since posted on Facebook that she is doing okay.
“I’m ok everyone. I appreciate all of your concern. I was involved in an incident leaving the New Bedford rally today that turned physical. Two individuals, both female, physically confronted and then assaulted me. I got kicked in the head and have a fractured tibia,” Campbell wrote on Facebook. “I’m sore, that is all. Other than that I have no idea about the two females, what’s transpired or anything else and I haven’t talked to any media up to this point. I’m heading home now finally, but thank you all for your well wishes and kind words.”
The New Bedford Police Department told WBSM that they are investigating the situation.
“We responded to an incident and are in the process of conducting an investigation. If the investigation supports the violation of any criminal law, we will initiate criminal proceedings. Please note that this investigation is ongoing and we will have more information later today,” Police spokesperson Melissa Batchilder said.
Another Massachusetts Republican candidate says that he was also threatened with death by Antifa for being a gay conservative.
“I was threatened with death at the PTown HRC store by ANTIFA Joe Biden supporters for being a gay conservative. Rayla Campbell, another candidate for Congress in Mass, was just beat up and hospitalized tonight for by ANTIFA Joe Biden supporters tonight. Is US or THEM. #VoteRed,” John Paul Moran tweeted on Monday.