A Donald Trump supporter who gained fame when he was beaten bloody by bystanders has turned out to be a convicted scam artist and outspoken racist.
Cole Bartiromo got a $500 bill autographed by the Republican presidential candidate last week in Costa Mesa, California — just before he was sucker-punched after trying to grab his Trump hat back from a girl who had snatched it from his head, reported OC Weekly.
Bartiromo insists he waded into the crowd only to document the protest, and only became involved in the melee after his “make America great again” hat was snatched from his head.
But that’s not what he said before the rally on Facebook: “I’m going to spit on these worthless scumbags & throw money in their faces so they get on their knees & put them to work for their free money for a change & put their protest in disarray.”
He frequently posts rants about undocumented workers and has wished all Muslims dead in social media posts, the newspaper reported.
Bartiromo was not arrested at the Trump rally — but he made national headlines 15 years ago, as a high school senior, for running a series of scams and wiping out his parents’ financial security and retirement savings.