(VERO BEACH, FL) On November 9th an unnamed 50 year old man was brutally beaten and carjacked at a red light after telling a group of black millennials he voted for President Donald Trump.
In a statement to TRUNEWS, a Chicago Police Department press official said:
At 12:48 PM on Wednesday November 9th officers responded to a call from a 50-year-old man who was reportedly attacked and beaten by three males and two females at the intersection of Roosevelt Road and Kedzie Avenue. One of the attackers stole his car and fled the scene. The victim, who will remain unnamed, was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital and is in good condition. No one has been taken into custody as of Thursday morning and Area North detectives are still investigating.
TRUNEWS has obtained footage of the attack, which shows an older white male with a blue hooded sweatshirt being physically beaten to the ground by a group of African Americans between the age of 18-26. Chicago PD has confirmed that the assault took place on the 1100 block of South Kedzie Avenue.
TRUNEWS is awaiting the completion of a FOIA request for the full police incident report, and the 911 audio call from the victim to dispatch. Edward Szall spoke Thursday afternoon with Chicago based FBI Special Agent Garrett Croon, who had seen the video in question, but said he possessed no information to suggest a hate-crime investigation had been initiated.
To graph the public reaction to the attacks and the trending Trump Protest movement in major U.S. cities, TRUNEWS correspondent Edward Szall interviewed three US citizens, all with opposing political views. After showing each individual the shocking footage, which resembled the lynchings during the American Civil Rights movement, their reactions were recorded below.
Jim Reynolds, a Chicago area resident and Trump supporter, said: “I’m glad Trump is taking over, he will restore law and order.”
Mr. Reynolds expanded by saying the group, which in his words were “just a bunch people acting like children,” were the “product of what the whole liberal hate based democratic party represents and has been pushing for years.”
“They push hatred like they have been, they get hatred back, that’s what’s happening. Thank God they didn’t win the presidency,” Mr. Reynolds added.
Lulu Brezzell, the mother of “Little Miss Flint” and a Clinton supporter, said the attackers were “just some ignorant people that decided they were going to take out their anger.” Though, she added, “Donald Trump’s Demeanor has fueled the way some people have acted out.”
Mrs. Brezzell expanded on that thought by saying she believes Donald Trump is indirectly responsible for the attack because “he ran a campaign which was based on fear.” She added that “with anything there’s always two sides,” and she has personally witnessed, in her words, worse attacks on Clinton supporters through social media.
“I seen someone walked up to a Muslim women and pulled off her hijab, and saying that Trump rules the country and she needs to take that off [sic],” Mrs Brezzell said when asked to share example of parallel attacks. “The women, who had stopped at a gas station to get fuel, was confronted by four white males who asked her and grilled her, do you know that your not going to be able to stay here any longer, if there wasn’t witnesses I’d kill you right now.”
TRUNEWS was unable to independently verify the claims made by Mrs. Brezzell, and she declined to provide references, video evidence, or details pertaining to the incident she recounted. Mrs. Brezzell cited activist Shaun King as the source of her information on the Trump Protests and “bigoted examples of hatred” from his supporters. Mr. King is a New York City based Black Lives Matter leader and the Senior Justice Writer for NY Daily News.
Mrs. Brezzell ended by noting that “Donald Trump did a great job addressing Middle America," but in order to unite the country he needed to “stand up, speak out, and say, you supported me, we won, the hatred and bigotry needs to stop,” adding that a national apology was in order.
Chris Campbell, a freelance journalist, and a staunch Independent said: “I’m not surprised, there are protests happening everywhere, and it’s all fueled by mainstream media, exactly what they want to happen.”
Mr. Campbell said that for him the violent protests were simply a “byproduct of Democracy itself,” adding, “that’s what it does, it pits people against each other every four years.”
“[Democracy] makes sweeping changes which effects everyone’s lives, people become angry when they don’t win, and because this has been such a divisive election some people are scared and some people are taking advantage of it to lash out, mindlessly and ignorantly,” Mr. Campbell said. “I don’t think it’s going to blow up, I think it’s just going to be pockets of violence for a little while.”
With reports of rioting in Portland, Oakland and Seattle occurring in the immediate wake of Trump’s election victory on Tuesday, neither Hilary Clinton, nor her running mate Tim Kaine have made any statements condemning violence committed by their supporters following the election. In addition, President Obama, has also failed to comment on, let alone condemn, such acts of violence.
Episodes of mob violence such as the one occurring in a West Chicago intersection, along with ongoing silence from DNC leaders such as Clinton and Obama, leave Trump supporters with few options when encountering such instances. Their silence counts as tacit acceptance. In order to provide for their own safety, Trump supports have few viable options other than to arm themselves in self defense and pray.
With incidents like this happening around the county, and our nations leaders apathetically turning their brow, is it any surprise that Americans overwhelmingly supported the 'Law and Order' candidate? Its time to Make America Safe Again.