Punched Trump protester and man who hit him share hug in court

The Trump protester who got punched and the supporter who hit him were both in court on Wednesday, but this time their interaction was decidedly more peaceful, notes the Washington Post.

The two men, Rakeem Jones and John Franklin McGraw, hugged one another and agreed on the importance of healing the nation.

It was roughly 9 months ago when McGraw threw the punch that landed him in court, reports WRAL.

Jones was struck as he was being escorted out of a Fayetteville, North Carolina Trump rally.

Video later posted by Inside Edition showed McGraw standing by his action, insisting Jones "deserved it."

He also said, "The next time we see him, we might have to kill him. We don't know who he is. He might be with a terrorist organization."

At the Wednesday sentencing McGraw had much kinder works for Jones, telling him, "we are caught up in a political mess today, and you and me, we got to heal our country."

The two men shook hands and shared a hug.

According to the New York Daily News, "McGraw received a 30-day suspended sentence and 12 months of unsupervised probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and assault and battery."

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A protester holds up a sign in front of police in riot gear as he and fellow protesters demonstrate against U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside the Hyatt hotel where Trump is speaking at the California GOP convention in Burlingame, California April 29, 2016. REUTERS/Noah Berger
Police in riot gear hold back demonstrators against U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside the Hyatt hotel where Trump is set to speak at the California GOP convention in Burlingame, California, U.S., April 29, 2016. REUTERS/Noah Berger TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Police in riot gear hold back demonstrators against U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside the Hyatt hotel where Trump is set to speak at the California GOP convention in Burlingame, California, U.S., April 29, 2016. REUTERS/Noah Berger
Demonstrators against U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gather outside the Hyatt hotel where Trump is set to speak at the California GOP convention in Burlingame, California April 29, 2016. REUTERS/Noah Berger
A service dog is seen wearing a pin in support of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump during the California Republican Convention in Burlingame, California, U.S., April 29, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Police in riot gear hold back demonstrators against U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside the Hyatt hotel where Trump is set to speak at the California GOP convention in Burlingame, California, U.S., April 29, 2016. REUTERS/Noah Berger
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