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Mark Zschiesche

Owner of gay club beaten senselessly, blames Trump and his supporters

by Leigh Egan

The co-owner of Lips Drag Queen Showplace Restaurant and Bar in San Diego created an emotional video on Facebook after he was beaten up by a male suspect while leaving the bar.

CBS 8 reports that Mark Zschiesche, 54, posted a Facebook video on Sunday night after he was attacked by a complete stranger as he walked down 30th Street in North Park. Zschiesche said that the attack happened due to his sexual orientation. He also claimed it happened because of President Trump.

Look at what happened to me… I am 54 years OLD and this has never ever happened to ME..I blame TRUMP ….and those who support him..

Posted by Mark Zschiesche Yvonne Lame on Sunday, February 12, 2017

“Someone hit me in the face because I’m gay and I have never ever in my entire life experienced this. I blame this on Trump and all of you that supported him.”

Zschiesche said that man approached him and started calling him anti-gay slurs. Within seconds, the suspect began physically attacking Zschiesche, taking him by surprise. The assault left Zschiesche with a black eye and face, and a cut below his nose.

“Thank you! For all of those who voted for him (Trump), thank you,” Zschiesche said, apparently sarcastically, while tears poured down his cheeks.

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Zschiesche received an outpouring of support from Facebook users across the nation. Others, however, weren’t sympathetic to his plight. One Facebook user wrote that he couldn’t empathize with Zschiesche after President Trump was blamed.

“It’s hard to empathize when you use this unfortunate thing that happened to you as an excuse to go on an anti-Trump rant, specially when he’s never advocated for violence against the LGBT community.”

The suspect is still on the loose. Anyone with any information should call CrimeStoppers at 888-580-8477.

[Feature Photo: Facebook]

Leigh Egan is a crime-fighting journalist and editor who specializes in breaking news and investigative true crime coverage. With more than a decade of experience under her belt, Leigh’s work can be found in a number of high-profile national publications. For Leigh, learning didn’t stop after college. She considers herself a lifelong learner who frequently takes media and journalism courses to keep abreast of the latest happenings and innovations in her field.