The attacks by emboldened Donald Trump supporters continue to spread across America as an openly gay Sarasota, Florida man was attacked recently near his home.
Chuck Redding was on his way home when he noticed he was being followed by a dark-colored Jeep. Not paying much attention to it, he turned as he neared his home when he again noticed the jeep was still following him even closer. He told WFTS:
‘I didn’t think anything of it other than the fact that it was a jerk who was following too close.’
Redding quickly pulled up to his neighbor’s home, and that’s when he was attacked. WFTS reported:
‘Then, he says the other driver jumped out of his dark colored Jeep and came banging on his car window.’
The assailant opened Redding’s door, pulled him out and threw him on the ground. While doing so, the man repeatedly said, “You know my new president says we can kill all you faggots now.” Redding was fortunately not severely injured in the attack; however, he did sustain a bruised arm, cut hand, scraped knees, and his toe was ripped. Furthermore, it’s only a matter of time before someone ends up severely injured, or worse, dead.
Redding explained to WFTS that he was targeted because of his marriage equality bumper stickers on the back of his car along with rainbow stickers. Redding and his friends plan on applying for permits to carry and conceal guns to protect themselves and feel safe. Redding feels that the sight of a gun might prevent another attack.
‘If I can carry a weapon in my waistband, so that it can be seen at least, maybe these people will think different.’
The fact that someone randomly saw a person who supported marriage equality based on their bumper stickers and decided on a whim to attack them is frightening and growing more frequent. Despite President-elect Trump’s meek admonishing to his rabid supporters to “Stop it,” there won’t be any stopping the attacks in the foreseeable future. His most deplorable of deplorable supporters are emboldened by his shocking win and are drunk on fumes of hatred and bigotry. It was only two days ago when one teacher, also in Florida, told his black students he would call the president-elect and have them deported back to Africa. The teacher has since been put on administrative leave.
Police are investigating the attack and are looking for a man of Hispanic descent with a beard.
Featured image via Getty Images/David McNew.