JACKSONVILLE (CBSMiami/AP) — A man accused of driving into a tent where Republicans were registering voters reportedly did so because he didn’t like President Donald Trump and that “someone had to take a stand,” according to new details in an arrest report.
Gregory Timm told sheriff’s deputies that he had gone to the Walmart in Jacksonville on Saturday to get some food when he noticed the tent set up by local Republicans in the shopping mall’s parking lot. He purchased food and cigarettes inside the store and then headed toward the voter registration tent in his car.
No one was injured after the van accelerated and struck the tent, knocking over tables and chairs. Timm showed deputies cell phone video he took before driving into the tent, but he was upset that the video ended before “the good part,” the arrest report said.
Timm has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a person 65 years old or older, one count of criminal mischief and driving with a suspended license. The arrest report said no drugs or alcohol were involved.
State and local Republicans have called what happened a “partisan political attack” since it was obvious that the event was meant to support the president.
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