In a professed crusade against the Black Lives Matter movement, a Washington state white supremacist walked up and stabbed an African-American man outside a bar in Olympia.
According to KOMO News, the racially motivated attack happened around 8:30 Tuesday night when the Black man stepped outside to smoke a cigarette with his girlfriend, who is white.
Authorities said the suspect, a 32-year-old white male, had several racist tattoos, including ones that read “Skinhead” and “White Power.” He reportedly told police he belonged to a local white supremacist group and came downtown because he’d heard that Black Lives Matter had scrawled anti-police graffiti in the city.
KOMO News confirmed there was graffiti encouraging violence against police left downtown Sunday, but authorities have not placed the blame on Black Lives Matter.
Per court documents, the attacker also told authorities that he “took a blood oath to fight on the street, and if he was let go tonight, he planned on heading down to the next Donald Trump rally and stomping out more of the Black Lives Matter group.”
This isn’t the first time a white supremacist has voiced support for the controversial GOP presidential nominee. Just last month, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke announced his bid for a run in the U.S. Senate and cited Trump as his inspiration. In the past, he even referred to the real estate tycoon as a “white knight” for “European American” interests.
“I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump … embrace most of the issues that I’ve championed,” Duke said in a video announcing his Senate run.
Following the attack, the suspect repeatedly assured police he had their backs and was working to avenge them, Think Progress reports.
“At one point he stated that he knew we couldn’t hurt the black groups on the street so he wanted to let us know that he takes care of them for us,” court documents stated. “That he is able to fight those fights and will continue the fight against all of the Black Lives Matters people.”
The attacker, who admitted to a recent stint behind bars at the Washington State Penitentiary, approached the couple Tuesday night as they stood outside the China Clipper Bar. According to KOMO News, the woman yelled and that’s when the Black man felt a sharp blow to his abdomen. His girlfriend also suffered a minor cut in the attack.
The suspect uttered no words to his victims and quickly took off running. He didn’t get very far, however. The male victim was able to catch up and trip him, after which the suspect hit his head on a car and was knocked unconscious, the news site reports.
Both victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to be OK, police said.
Black Lives Matter has received much criticism as of late over their recent stance against Israel’s occupation of Palestine. But even before then, members of the activist group have received public tongue-lashings and even threats from some conservative critics.
Tuesday night’s attack comes just days after a KKK leader announced the group’s plans to disrupt a Black Lives Matter rally in Long Island next Sunday.