The Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump Right way and wrong way Five things to know about the elephant trophies controversy MORE protester who was punched and kicked at a rally in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday said he was protesting the "fascism" of the Trump campaign. 

"I was protesting Trump’s facism, his racism, his lies, his women-hating," the protester, who identified himself as Bryan Sanders, said in an interview with the Arizona Daily Star. 

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Sanders said he was holding a sign that said "Trump is bad for America." 

"A guy grabbed the sign out of my hand as I was being escorted out of the building and sucker punched me," he said. 

Sanders identified himself as an independent and said he also attended a Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDe Blasio headed to Iowa to speak at political fundraiser Yes, spills happen — but pipelines are still the safest way to move oil Why sexual harassment discussions include lawmakers talking about Bill Clinton’s past MORE rally the night before. 

‘We're gonna stop this; this is not going to continue," he said. "If it takes somebody getting punched in the face, that's what it takes, no problem."