A heavy-set white man brutally attacked a conservative woman of color at a sidewalk rally for Gov. Kathy Hochul. Watch videos of the attack below.
The rally was being held near the Stonewall Inn where Hochul was trying to shore up support among New York City’s gay population.
Footage captured by the independent Viral News NY showed the middle of the altercation, in which a man in shorts and a plaid short-sleeve shirt choked a woman wearing a black sweatshirt, the New York Post reported.
Democrat Councilwoman Crystal Hudson was also seen attacking the woman, who at one point shoved the lawmaker.
The 24-second clip did not show how the fight began, but the unidentified victim told the photographer it started when someone took her sign, which featured pictures of Hochul and other Democrats with the tagline “Vote Them Out.”
“I was here holding my sign, and … peaceful protest, against you know, Gov. Hochul, and a woman — a very large heavyset woman, I’m assuming, you know, might have been a man — came and took my sign.
“As I was trying to retrieve my sign, there was another man that came and choked me, and there were two other people that were coming and preventing me from trying to get my sign.
“Never wanted to get physical with anyone, I was just there peacefully just holding my sign, and you know, they didn’t want to hear what I had to say.”
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) condemned the attack — calling it “political violence.”
I have always condemned political violence of any kind, and Kathy Hochul must do the same. Her continued silence on her supporter choking out a woman simply exercising her First Amendment rights makes her complicit in this attack. pic.twitter.com/mDlPFkPdMs
— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) November 7, 2022
Unbelievable violence. A black woman protesting against Kathy Hochul was choked out by one of her supporters at a Hochul rally. pic.twitter.com/NC1x53HJCh
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) November 5, 2022
A fight breaks out during the @GovKathyHochul rally in NYC between Hochul supporters and Zeldin supporters
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— Viral News NY (@ViralNewsNYC) November 5, 2022