Crime

Protester Says He Knocked Down Trump Supporter, 72, In Self-Defense

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The encounter between the Floridians began with an anti-Trump flag the younger man had on his cart.

A man in his 20s is claiming that he knocked down an elderly Trump supporter in Nocatee, Florida in an act of self-defense.

The confrontation between the Floridians began Saturday with a flag the younger man had on his golf cart that included a profane word. The man was allegedly protesting while Vice President Mike Pence was traveling through the small town after engagements in Orlando and the conservative senior community known as The Villages.

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The situation spiraled after the older man asked the younger one to remove his banner, After their encounter, the younger man fled in his cart, telling a reporter he called police after he felt safe.

“Violence is against everything I believe in,” the younger man told local Jacksonville TV station WJXT. “I only believe in using violence in pure self-defense. I’m not proud of this. I’m not happy that it happened.”

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According to sheriff’s deputies, no charges will be filed in the case.

“I genuinely wish that he did not close that space and swing on me because I did not want to do that,” said the protester. “I did not want to put anybody at risk of falling and hitting their head. He was obviously an old… (Read more)