Recruit kicked out of Marine Corps for Trump rally incident


By TRAVIS J. TRITTEN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 4, 2016

WASHINGTON — An Indiana recruit has been kicked out of the Marine Corps for taking part in an altercation with a black woman at a Donald Trump rally Tuesday.

Joseph Pryor of Corydon, Ind., posted a photograph of the incident that shows him appearing to yell at university student Shiya Nwanguma, who was shoved and forcibly removed by Trump supporters in an incident that went viral on the Internet, according to the Marine Corps and Facebook.

The Marine Corps Recruiting Station Louisville confirmed to Stars and Stripes on Friday that Pryor was set to ship off for boot camp but was instead discharged for taking part in a racially charged incident.

“Joseph Pryor demonstrated poor judgment in his use of social media that associates him with a racially charged altercation at a political rally,” according to a statement released by Capt. Oliver David, a spokesman for the recruiting command. “Hatred toward any group of individuals is not tolerated in the Marine Corps and he is being discharged from our delayed entry program effective [Wednesday].”

David said Pryor had signed up less than a month before the incident and was in the services’ delayed entry program. He had yet to undergo the Marine Corps ethics training.

“Without the training, he decided to do something and post it on social media, and because of that we’ve decided to part ways with Mr. Pryor,” David said.

Pryor could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.

Nwanguma said she was pushed, called various expletives – including the N-word -- and escorted out of the Louisville rally by police. An Hispanic mother and her daughter also reported racist harassment at the event, according to a local television station.

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Joseph Pryor as seen on his Facebook account. Pryor, who had been slated to head to Marine Corps boot camp, was notified that he will not be able to join the service because he took part in a racially-charged incident during a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.