Where’s the national media?
Gregory Timm was arrested in Florida for driving his van into a voter registration stand. It was reported that 6 Republican volunteers were in the tent when the incident occured.
Fortunately, no one was injured or killed. However, the tent, tables, and chairs were destroyed after the van ran into the stand.
An unredacted report shows that Timm drove into the tent because “somebody had to take a stand.”
News4Jax, the local Jacksonville news channel, reports:
The man who is accused of deliberately driving his van into a tent where voters were being registered by local Republicans told the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office his disapproval of President Donald Trump was a motivating factor, according to an unredacted arrest report obtained by News4Jax.
Gregory Timm, 27, was arrested hours after police said his van plowed through the tent, narrowly missing volunteers who were set up the parking lot of a Walmart Superstore at the corner of Atlantic and Kernan boulevards about 3:50 p.m. on Saturday. He’s accused of two counts of aggravated assault on a person over 65 years old, criminal mischief and driving without a license.
According to JSO investigators who tracked him down, Timm admitted to purposefully driving into the tent because “someone had to take a stand.”
Timm told investigators he saw the registration tent after he went to pick up food and cigarettes at Walmart, according to JSO.
He then showed investigators a video he recorded while driving towards the tent, according to JSO, but the video cut out before he hit the tent. According to the report, Timm said he was upset that the video ended before “the good part.”
Many conservatives, including Donald Trump Jr., are now wondering where the media is.
They are correctly pointing out that if a Trump supporter did this to a liberal registration tent, it would be the number one story in the world. Every major news network would be covering it.
But because Trump supporters are the victims, the media is predictably silent.
Typically, when a story happens of this magnitute, the media does a deep dive into the individual's background, political beliefs, and any prior offenses. Political commentators will even evaluate the heated dialogue that may contribute to such an event.
The episode was widely condemned by Republicans, including Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida and the state’s attorney general, Ashley Moody. Trump also denounced the attack on Saturday, posting on Twitter: “Law Enforcement has been notified. Be careful tough guys who you play with!”
A Trump campaign spokesperson, Rick Gorka, told POLITICO on Tuesday that the “attack on President Donald Trump’s supporters will only motivate our team to work harder to win Florida again in November.”
Florida is a must-win for Trump, who dominated throughout the state in 2016 and outperformed past Republican candidates among older, white and blue collar voters.The president, a lifelong New Yorker, also changed his primary residence from Manhattan to Palm Beach, Fla. in September, using his Mar-a-Lago resort as his permanent residence.
Jacksonville attorney Rhonda Peoples-Waters says the incident could be charged as a hate crime.
Jacksonville attorney Rhonda Peoples-Waters said there is a small likelihood the incident could be reviewed for a potential hate crime element.
“But I suspect him saying I do not like Donald Trump is gonna be used as part of his confession to push harder to have these charges brought against him,” Peoples-Waters said.
She said there could be serious charges that are hard to defend because of the video evidence.
“It does not look good for him,” she said. “And it’s gonna be a hard case to put up a defense. Maybe the claim of mental instability could be an issue.”