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Gay Latino Trump Supporter Plays Nazi Card After Knife Threat at Kathy Griffin Show

Carl Pacheco, a gay Latino Trump supporter who brandished a knife and kicked a woman’s vehicle at a Kathy Griffin show in Houston, TX  on Monday, Aug. 20 says he doesn’t feel he did anything wrong, and that he is being persecuted for being a “Nazi”.

Pacheco was wearing a “Make American Great Again” hat and a shirt with Trumps image outside Griffin’s show. After a patron who was leaving the show yelled an expletive at Pacheco, he responded by calling the woman a “c–t.” He then he followed her to her vehicle, kicked the front passenger-side door, and banged a knife against the window.

Pacheco told Houston’s OutSmart magazine that he believes it’s interesting that “white middle-aged people” are being presented as the victims, while he’s being “demonized” and portrayed as “a neo-Nazi.” Pacecho said he is a gay Latino immigrant.

I am cooperating with the police investigation,” Pacheco said. “I don’t feel I’ve done anything wrong based on the laws and the circumstances of what happened.”

Pacheco declined further comment and referred additional questions to his attorney, Michael Mercer.

Mercer said he’s confident that no charges will be filed.

“[Carl] went to that concert expecting to be able to have political conversations with people who were there, which is something that everybody should be able to do, and unfortunately that wasn’t able to happen,” Mercer said, adding that he believes the alleged victims “had too much to drink and got offended” by Pacheco’s attire. (Michele Nunez, the alleged victim, said she does not drink.)

“You should have the right to go express yourself at a concert, as long as you do so peacefully and politely,” Mercer said. “Hopefully the police will give us an opportunity to tell our side of the story.”

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