A New Hampshire man was arrested Thursday afternoon after he allegedly attacked a 15-year-old boy and two adults, sending one of the men to the hospital with a fractured jaw. The assault happened at Windham High School, a polling site for the state’s primary on Tuesday. The man is also accused of throwing Trump campaign signs around and trying to knock over the campaign tent, according to police.
The teen’s mother told Fox News in an exclusive interview that her son was “traumatized” by the ordeal.
A local man, Patrick Bradley, 34, was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct, according to the Windham Police Department.
The suspect was allegedly triggered by the boy’s red “Make America Great Again” hat.
Police said the incident happened Tuesday as Bradley exited the voting location inside the high school and was walking by a Trump campaign tent occupied by several supporters. As he passed by the tent, police said, Bradley slapped a 15-year old juvenile across the face and then assaulted two other adults who attempted to intercede.
The boy’s mother, Cathy Campbell, described the incident to Fox News.
“My son stayed home from school on Tuesday for a doctor’s appointment and we drove by the high school to go vote. When we got there, we saw Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle, and my son was over the moon,” she said. “My son is the most patriotic kid you’d ever meet in your life.”
Donald Trump Jr. confirmed that both he and Guilfoyle were at the polling place on Tuesday. “So it turns out that I actually met the 15 year old victim shortly before he was attacked by a sick leftist,” Trump Jr. tweeted. “I asked an aide to find his number & just got off the phone with him & his mother. I thanked them for being such strong supporters. My family has your back Nate,” he added.
So it turns out that I actually met the 15 year old victim shortly before he was attacked by a sick leftist.
I asked an aide to find his number & just got off the phone with him & his mother. I thanked them for being such strong supporters. My family has your back Nate! #MAGA https://t.co/1u5vOB9VwW pic.twitter.com/uZtcE9ABVp
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 13, 2020
Campbell told Fox News that she was nervous when her son was invited to volunteer at the polling site .
“I was apprehensive about him wearing the MAGA hat, because we know it can provoke and we know people don’t like Trump,” she explained. “But he wore the hat because he’s a proud 15-year-old and he doesn’t know what people are going to be like.”
Nonetheless, the mother said she later dropped her son off to volunteer for the campaign at the school.
“My son was standing outside on the sidewalk and he said ‘have a nice night,’ he said it to everyone. But this man was triggered,” Campbell explained. “He said ‘f— you’ to him and wound up his hand as fast as he could and slapped him across the face.”
One of the of the volunteers, a man, also wearing a MAGA hat, ran over to intervene, and according to Campbell, that man now has a fractured jaw.
Campbell said her husband is a firefighter in town and was on duty when infraction took place.
“He got the call about the assault and didn’t know it was our son until he got there,” she explained.
“He’s the sweetest kid,” Campbell said of her son. “He was so excited and not realizing that something like this could happen.”
Campbell told Fox that since the incident, her son has been “pretty traumatized.”
“This guy lives in our town. It’s pretty unnerving,” she said. She noted that her son is still going to school and has been getting “a lot of support from his peers.”
“There will always be the people who try to blame the victim,” she said. “But he certainly did nothing wrong.”
She added: “It’s scary that you can’t express without which political party you are. People need to know how much intolerance there is right now.”
“It sickens me that people would be angry at a kid for wearing a stupid hat,” she said. “And everybody that has reached out has just talked about what an amazing kid he is.”
Campbell said her son, a sophomore at Windham High School, loves history and World War II.
Campbell also explained that she and her family are “Republicans, and we are Trump supporters.”
“He’s not perfect, but he’s our president and we support him,” she said.
Bradley is being held in the Rockingham County Jail with a $5,000 cash bail, according to the Windham Police Department.
Since Donald Trump was elected president, Democrats have sought to demonize him and his supporters, accusing them of being everything from Russian stooges to white supremacist Nazis.
The attack in New Hampshire is just the latest in a long line of attacks directed toward Trump and his supporters.
Scenes of bloody, antifa-fueled violence marred Trump’s 2016 campaign rallies with appalling regularity throughout 2016, and the media always excused the violence as the expected result of Trump’s rhetoric.
The left stoked the anti-Trump furor further with the sham Mueller investigation and impeachment farce, both of which failed to oust the president.
Now as the 2020 campaign season ramps up, we’re seeing a spike in violent attacks against Trump supporters.
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