Florida man charged with driving van into GOP voter tent said he dislikes Trump and had to 'take a stand,' police say
By: Dan Scanlan
A Jacksonville, Florida, man jailed after allegedly crashing a minivan through a tent of Republican volunteers in a Walmart parking lot told investigators he does not like President Donald Trump and felt "someone had to take a stand," according to his arrest report.
Gregory William Loel Timm, 27, was jailed on $500,000 bail on two counts of aggravated assault on a person 65 years old or older, plus criminal mischief and driving with a suspended license, jail records show.
Timm is accused of deliberately crashing his GMC Safari into a tent of Republican volunteers who were registering voters outside the Walmart on Saturday. No one was struck by the van.
In response to Timm's arrest, Trump issued a warning on Twitter: "Be careful tough guys who you play with!"
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., tweeted it was "a politically motivated attack." Local GOP leaders joined Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry on Monday to further condemn what happened.
"You should not have to fear physical injury or worse to express political beliefs in America," said GOP Duval County Chairman Dean Black. "Nowhere in our country, nowhere in our city should anyone fear for their physical health because of their political views and their political activities."