Police in Moorhead, Minnesota arrested a 27-year-old Trump supporter on Monday after he allegedly pointed his loaded handgun at an 18-year-old Moorhead woman because he disapproved of her bumper sticker supporting the presidential candidacy of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), The Star Tribune reported on Tuesday.
The victim told police that she was confronted by the suspect who pulled up alongside her car and started yelling about “his dislike for the political bumper sticker” on her car, police said.
The suspect from West Fargo, a student at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, pointed toward his Donald Trump bumper sticker and kept voicing “his difference in national political views,” police said.
“The cars were traveling south on 8th Street during their verbal confrontation, passing each other at times,” said Police Capt. Deric Swenson.
“The victim initially thought it wasn’t going to be serious,” Swenson said. “Then things escalated seriously.”
“After the motorists continued on the busy street for several blocks, the man then got in front of her car and held up a handgun,” the Tribune reports.
Officers found the suspect “eating at a business” nearby in the Brookdale Shopping Center.
Police located a loaded handgun inside the suspect’s vehicle.
One of two passengers with the man “confirmed the actions of the suspect” that were reported by the motorist backing Sen. Warren, the police statement read.
The man was arrested and charged with suspicion of felony terroristic threats, being a felon in possession of a gun and carrying a weapon without a permit.
President Trump has repeatedly encouraged or supported violence since announcing his candidacy for President in 2015.
In October 2018, Trump praised a congressman’s past assault on a reporter, saying that “any guy who can do a body slam, he is my type!”
Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders denied that Trump encourages or endorses violence even though many of his supporters act aggressively toward reporters at rallies.
“The president does not support violence against anyone or anything,” Sanders said at the time.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump told rally attendees that he would pay their legal fees if they engaged in violence against protesters.
“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously, OK? Just knock the hell … I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise, I promise,” he said on Feb. 1, 2016, during a Cedar Rapids, Iowa rally.
At a Las Vegas rally later that month, he said security guards were too gentle with a protester. “He’s walking out with big high-fives, smiling, laughing,” Trump said. “I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you.”
A similar situation unfolded at a rally that month in Warren, Michigan.
“Get him out,” he said of a protester. “Try not to hurt him. If you do, I’ll defend you in court. Don’t worry about it.”