Independent candidate for Senate, Shiva Ayyadurai, gets punched by Elizabeth Warren supporter at town hall meeting. The man, wearing a t-shirt which said "liberal" and a Warren for Senate sticker, approached Ayyadurai with an umbrella while he bullhorned a queue of Warren supporters outside a town hall in Great Barrington, MA, where the Democratic Senator was scheduled to appear.
CNN's Chris Cuomo quibbled with the characterization that Shiva was "punched in the face," noting that the man really punched the megaphone.
Is the man pushing the megaphone into his face the punch in the face or is there something else we don’t see? https://t.co/CTburX96VG— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) July 22, 2018
The Senate candidate however posted on Twitter hours later saying he was bleeding:
Chris - if you want to know what happened why don’t you ask me, instead of speculating? I was the one who was bleeding after he smashed the megaphone into my face. I’ll come on and we can have a real discussion about RACISM in America. My cell is 617-500-1988. Call me. https://t.co/4WF67SfhVi— Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai,PhD (M.I.T.) Inventor of Email (@va_shiva) July 23, 2018
"This is how these white privileged white supremacists react. What you just witnessed is how you white supremacists react when you don’t want to hear the truth from a dark-skinned Indian guy. The same guy you claim you want to help. Wake up. Wake the f*** up. You guys are f****** racists," Ayyadurai said.