ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - A St. Louis man is speaking out for the first time after being left bloodied and bruised following Donald Trump's visit last Friday. Local activist Anthony Cage gave FOX2’s Kelley Hoskins first television interview about what led to the violent attack. The activist says his hands were bound by plastic ties as he was being taken to an ambulance by St. Louis police officers after an alleged confrontation with a Trump supporter outside the candidate's campaign rally at the Peabody Opera House. “I was on the bullhorn at times. I was just voicing my displeasure and at some point it was heated, but not violent,” said Cage.
Photos of Cage’s bloodied face have gone around the world. He says he was caught off guard when he was sucker punched by a Trump supporter, “He tapped me on my shoulder and he punched me in my face. I went into defense mode to defend myself, but before, I knew it, I was tackled by five law enforcement officers before the citizens had to tell the law enforcement officers that they had the wrong individual,” said Cage.
Anthony Cage became a well know local activist in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 after the unrest.
Cage believes all Americans should have the right to peaceful protest. "My father is a World II Veteran and he fought for this country, so you can have the right to say the things you are saying,” said Cage.
The activist says doctors told him his nose was severely bruised, his mouth swollen and says he’s still sore.
Cage is the proud father of five and says he will continue to encourage peace and love in the world.