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Trump Campaign Staffer Charged After Assaulting Man Who Allegedly Called Him ‘Fat’



A staffer for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign in Connecticut was charged after police say he assaulted a customer at a takeout restaurant.

Police said that 53-year-old Jeffrey Santopietro, of Waterbury, entered Monteiro’s Restaurant about 10 a.m. Friday to pick up his order and found two patrons already inside. Since their order wasn’t immediately ready, one of the parties sat down on one of the stools and also ordered a coffee. Minutes later a fight broke out.

The third customer then intervened, but police said all three men had left with their food by the time they arrived.

The campaign coordinator told officers he thought the other man had called him “fat or some other insulting term,” and he pushed him off the stool and into the wall. The other customer then jumped in and held Santopietro back, according to local station WFSB-TV.

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After the arrest, Santiopietro apologized for his “immature, stupid” behavior. He was issued a misdemeanor summons for second-degree assault and breach of peace, according to the report.