President Donald Trump last week issued a statement on his social media platform, Truth Social, paying tribute to an 18-year-old who was murdered in North Dakota allegedly for being a Republican.
According to the Post Millennial, President Trump’s statement described how “Cayler Ellingson of North Dakota, a great Republican Patriot with an unlimited future ahead, was struck by a truck and killed.” The president then described the killer as “a deranged Democrat maniac who was angry that Cayler was a Republican.”
“The Media doesn’t want to cover this horrible event because of the politics involved,” Trump continued. “If it were a MAGA Republican that drove that truck, it would have been the biggest of all stories. We LOVE Cayler, AND WILL NEVER FORGET! Warmest condolences to Cayler’s family & friends.”
Ellingson was killed on September 18 in Glenfield, North Dakota, by 41-year-old Shannon Brandt, who hunted Ellingson down in his SUV, ran him over, and then fled the scene. He was later arrested at his home, where he was found to be intoxicated.
The arresting officer’s report confirmed that a “political argument” between Ellingson and Brandt had preceded the incident and that Brandt had a blood alcohol content well above the legal limit during and after the deadly attack.
Although Brandt admitted to killing Ellingson, he subsequently defended his actions to the authorities, saying that he felt threatened by the teenager, who was less than half his age, and also claiming that Ellingson was part of a “Republican extremist group.”
Ellingson’s mother told the authorities that Cayler had called her that night asking for her to come pick him up, as he was aware that Brandt was following him. She arrived at the scene after her son had been killed. She later confirmed that both she and Cayler’s father knew Brandt before the incident, although their son had not met him before that night. Several of Brandt’s neighbors have since said that Brandt had a history of alcohol-fueled “rampages,” and described him as having been “nuts his whole life.”
Brandt was taken to the Stutsman County Jail but was released last Tuesday after posting a $5,000 bond on a $50,000 bail.