A man was arrested on Monday afternoon, charged with making terroristic threats and having a loaded gun inside a vehicle without a permit, after he waved his weapon toward another driver while driving down a street in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Joseph Schumacher, 27, allegedly confronted another driver after he saw her bumper sticker that demonstrated her support for Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. Schumacher pulled up beside the woman’s vehicle, and motioned for her to view his own sticker on his vehicle — one that showed his support for President Donald Trump.
The two traded barbs with one another for about eight blocks, the Washington Post reported. According to police, both were “having fun with it,” until Schumacher pulled out a handgun, and waved it toward the woman. That prompted her to call the authorities.
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“I can’t speculate on what the suspect’s intent when he did that was, but, obviously for the victim, it was a fearful situation. So that’s why he’s facing those charges,” Moorhead Police Captain Deric Swenson explained.
Whether or not Schumacher was inspired by Trump to act recklessly isn’t known at this time. But the president’s rhetoric in the past has inspired more violent actions by his most ardent — and extreme — supporters, whether he’ll admit to it or not.
After the Walmart shooting in El Paso, Texas, which resulted in 22 individuals being killed by an anti-immigrant assailant with pro-Trump viewpoints, the president said his rhetoric played no role in the violent actions of others.
“I think my rhetoric brings people together,” Trump said at the time.
But according to ABC News, there were at least 36 criminal cases that the news agency uncovered where the person charged invoked the president’s name for why they were inspired to act out.
Another presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke, who is from El Paso, put the blame squarely on Trump for the violent behavior of his extremist supporters.
When asked by a reporter if Trump could do anything to quell the violence seen across America, O’Rourke responded in a way that left no doubts about his opinions on the president, Real Clear Politics reported.
“I mean, connect the dots about what he’s been doing in this country. He’s not tolerating racism. He is promoting racism. He’s not tolerating violence. He’s inciting racism and violence in this country. I just — I don’t know what kind of question that is,” O’Rourke said.
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