A New Jersey man was brutally attacked with a crowbar last week for wearing a t-shirt supporting his candidate of choice, Donald Trump.
Peter Yankowski, 62, was walking down the street in Bloomfield when a man pulled up in a vehicle beside him. The man did not know the driver, who began questioning him about his Trump shirt.
“He called me white trash, cursed at me, blah, blah, blah, which I told the police officers,” Yankowski told ABC7. “Came back in here, he followed.”
The older man continued walking, and was followed into a resturant parking lot by the angry motorist.
“Fifteen minutes later, he came back with a low-jack in his hand, daring me to come outside,” he said. “I said I’ll meet you outside so we can talk this over. Come outside, he swings the low-jack at me.”
Once they were in the parking lot, the derranged driver exited his vehicle with a crowbar and began beating the stranger with it. The Trump supporter sustained injuries to his arms, hands, and his thighs, the police have stated. The driver fled the scene before police arrived.
People in the parking lot as well as restaurant employees witnessed the attack, but police have stated that the description of the suspect is vague — other than the fact that he was an “African American who appeared to be in his 20s” and was driving an older gray compact car.
“When they came outside, the kid was trying to hit him with the metal,” Friendly’s employee Mimi Sonmez, who witnessed the attack told News 12. “When I saw the metal going toward the white man’s head, I pushed the kid away.”
With the media consistently whippping people into a frenzy, this election season has proven to be perhaps one of the most divisive in history. Political debates have been continuously involving fists instead of words.
On July 25, a political debate at a bar in Ohio ended in a shooting — after the 60-year-old victim stated that he was voting for Trump. The shooter, Darnell Hall, 45, has now been charged with felonious assault.
“I realize that a lot of people don’t like Donald Trump, but I never expected anything like this, to be physically attacked,” Yankowski said.
Yankowski has stated that he will not be wearing the shirt again until November.
Anyone who may have any information about the incident has been asked to call Bloomfield police.