Religion News Service | Eric Metaxas confirms he punched protester, says protester was to blame

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Eric Metaxas told a Christian magazine that a protester on a bike harassed him after he left the White House last week.

He would not say whether or not he hit the protester though, despite a recent viral video in which a man resembling Metaxas punched a cycling demonstrator. Instead, the radio host cast blame on the protester when asked about the incident.

“For context, just so you know, the guy came at me with his bike and was very menacing for a long time,” Metaxas told World Magazine.

Days later, the conservative Christian author and radio host reportedly confirmed the punch in an email to Religion Unplugged, saying, “It just happened.”

But a man who identified himself as the demonstrator in question — and who runs the Instagram account that posted the viral video of the encounter — disputed Metaxas’ description of events.

“He attacked me,” the man, who declined to disclose his name, told Religion News Service. “I wasn’t threatening or intimidating. I was on a rented bicycle! He clearly punched me from behind.”

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