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."