A Priest Says His Cross 'Enraged' A Man Who Asked Him 'How's Trump' And Assaulted Him

Aaron Homer

A Russian Orthodox priest who was assaulted by a man who asked him "How's Trump?" before letting loose a barrage of punches believes his cross "enraged" his assailant, Seattle's KIRO-TV reports.

Abbot Tryphon was minding his own business and fueling up his van at a suburban Seattle gas station when a passerby noticed the cross he was wearing. Tryphon says that the man focused intently on the cross and kept his gaze on the ornament as he approached the priest with a "look of anger" on his face.

The man allegedly approached the priest and asked, "How's Trump?" to which the priest, taken aback, answered that he had no idea. That's when the man hit him, he says.

"I have never been hit as hard."
"You can see him swing and the priest went down to the ground. He was wearing all of his priest gear, including a cross."

For his part, Tryphon says that he's not a "political person" and prefers to keep his politics to himself.

And if his alleged assailant is ever brought to justice, Tryphon says he knows what he's going to do.

"I want to go to the jail and I want to sit in the cell with him, alone, and I want to tell him that I forgive him, that I love him and that God loves him. That's what I want to do."