Man Pleads Guilty To Punching Reporter At Trump Rally

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports:

A Donald Trump supporter who was seen on video striking a Twin Cities photojournalist before the then-president’s Duluth rally last fall has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

Duane Waldriff, 71, of Lamberton, Minn., entered the plea to a count of disorderly conduct at a virtual hearing Friday in St. Louis County District Court in Duluth. “You guys want to be peaceful? Be peaceful! You want to be violent? Come to me and I’ll …,” Waldriff could be heard saying just before throwing the punch.

Judge Theresa Neo stayed a 60-day jail sentence in favor of one year of unsupervised probation. Waldriff also was ordered to pay a $400 fine, which will be forgiven if he writes a letter of apology to the reporter.

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