White nationalist Richard Spencer was sucker-punched in the face by a protester as he was giving a TV interview in Washington.
Spencer, a leader of the alt-right movement, was speaking about the violent anti-Trump protests on Friday when a man in a hooded jacket approached and punched him twice in the face.
Cameras captured the moment the masked man flew into view and hit Spencer in the cheek while he was on the corner of 14th and K Street around 2.30pm.
Spencer walked off down the street instead of retaliating as the hooded man disappeared in the other direction.
He took to Twitter to initially brush off the assault, saying he can take a punch.
‘I was just physically assaulted twice by antifas. No serious damage. I can take a punch,’ Spencer tweeted.
But he later posted a 10-minute video rant calling the assault a ‘terrible thing’.
‘Someone came out of nowhere, and punched me. He didn’t really land one, and it didn’t hurt that much. But it was pretty remarkable,’ Spencer said.
He said he was being interviewed after the incident when the same man came back and punched him on the side of his head.
Others then moved in to protect him before another person spat on him, according to Spencer.
‘This was three physical assaults, really serious physical assaults, that occurred,’ Spencer said.
‘They occurred in the most cowardly fashion possible.’
It comes as police arrested 217 protesters during the violent rampage just blocks away from the White House on Friday as Trump haters smashed store windows, set fire to cars and through bricks at police.
Heated clashes broke out in McPherson Square and along K Street as hundreds of riot police fired tear gas and drew their nightsticks to contain the masked mob.
As the rioting unfolded, Trump and his family were arriving at a review stand at the White House to see the end of the inaugural parade.
Militant anti-Trump protesters gave a foretaste of what could follow during the violent outbreaks, which has so far seen 217 people arrested and at least six police officers injured.
SOURCE: EMILY CRANE, MARTIN GOULD, SHEKHAR BHATIA