Felony charges filed against two adults who attacked Trump-supporting teens

Last summer, in Indiana, two people used their car to try to run down twin teenage boys who were biking with Trump banners attached to their bicycles.  Using Snapchat videos, the police were finally able to determine the sequence of events and bring charges of intimidation and criminal recklessness (both of which are felonies) against the perpetrators.

One of the continuing themes in the 2020 election has been physical violence directed at Trump-supporters.  In February alone, a man deliberately drove his van at a tent filled with Trump campaign volunteers; a woman sucker-punched a man in a red "Make 50 Great Again" hat, which she mistakenly took for a MAGA hat; a Florida man used a cane sword to attack people carrying Trump signs; and a New Hampshire man slapped a teenage boy wearing a Trump hat.

None of those is as egregious as what Bernie Bro James Hodgkinson did in 2017.  Although the media have done their best to bury that incident in the waste bin of history, the reality is that Hodgkinson tried to kill as many Republican congresspeople as he could while they were practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity.  It was only thanks to good medicine, willpower, and perhaps divine intervention that Rep. Steve Scalise survived.

That's why it was so powerful when Scalise responded to a foolish (or perhaps intentionally revisionist) tweet from Keith Ellison.  The tweet praised how nice Bernie Bros are.  Scalise was having none of it:

With that background, it's not surprising that Kyren Gregory Perry-Jones, 23, and Cailyn Marie Smith, 18, were already feeling the hate last summer in Hobert, Indiana.  According to the police, twin teenage boys were riding their bikes, which had Trump banners attached, when a Chevy Malibu started to follow them.  Snapchat videos (and were the suspects really stupid enough to video themselves?) show what happened next:

Snapchat video obtained by police shows the Malibu, driven by Perry-Jones, swerve the wheels sharply "as if he saw the boys and wanted to hit them with the vehicle" while yelling, "'Y'all better get home,'" court records state. 

Perry-Jones and Smith allegedly yelled expletives at the two teen boys and demanded that they "pull that flag down" in the video, police said. 

Perry-Jones allegedly threatened to beat the boys up for calling 911, court records state. 

In the video, Perry-Jones also said that if police questioned him about it, he would just say the boys called him a racial slur. 

During the encounter, Perry-Jones allegedly drove his car through several yards, chasing them.

One of the boys told detectives Smith snatched their flag while filming the video, so they chased after the car. Only after the boys threatened to call police did the couple drop the flag and intentionally run it over with their vehicle before fleeing the area, records state. 

To add insult to injury, Smith allegedly yelled out, "Y'all scared, just like your president ... America is not great, (expletive)."  Smith and Perry-Jones certainly won't feel great about America from inside their prison cells.

The reality is that, while there are always going to be bad people attaching themselves to major political parties, so one can always expect evil to be done on either side of the aisle, there is a difference in tone between the Republicans and the Democrats.  Trump, for all his grumbling about the media, envisions a united America, one that's not riven by dozens of identity groups all fighting for political spoils.  In his political vision, he will make America Great for all Americans.

Meanwhile, the Democrats keep breaking Americans down into ever smaller groups.  The racial divisions get more micromanaged, as do sex divisions (including making up genders to increase the divide), ability divisions (differently abled versus variations of fully abled), economic divisions, and more.  It's hard to keep up with the vertical lines the Democrats draw — and then they promise every single newly created special interest group taxpayer money.

It's like Hunger Games America, with transgender people competing with black people who are competing with Asian bisexual people, all for the same finite pot of money forcibly seized from American taxpayers.  With that kind of mindset, it seems natural that people on the left with poor impulse control will see violence as a reasonable political option to get their "fair" share.

Last summer, in Indiana, two people used their car to try to run down twin teenage boys who were biking with Trump banners attached to their bicycles.  Using Snapchat videos, the police were finally able to determine the sequence of events and bring charges of intimidation and criminal recklessness (both of which are felonies) against the perpetrators.

One of the continuing themes in the 2020 election has been physical violence directed at Trump-supporters.  In February alone, a man deliberately drove his van at a tent filled with Trump campaign volunteers; a woman sucker-punched a man in a red "Make 50 Great Again" hat, which she mistakenly took for a MAGA hat; a Florida man used a cane sword to attack people carrying Trump signs; and a New Hampshire man slapped a teenage boy wearing a Trump hat.

None of those is as egregious as what Bernie Bro James Hodgkinson did in 2017.  Although the media have done their best to bury that incident in the waste bin of history, the reality is that Hodgkinson tried to kill as many Republican congresspeople as he could while they were practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity.  It was only thanks to good medicine, willpower, and perhaps divine intervention that Rep. Steve Scalise survived.

That's why it was so powerful when Scalise responded to a foolish (or perhaps intentionally revisionist) tweet from Keith Ellison.  The tweet praised how nice Bernie Bros are.  Scalise was having none of it:

With that background, it's not surprising that Kyren Gregory Perry-Jones, 23, and Cailyn Marie Smith, 18, were already feeling the hate last summer in Hobert, Indiana.  According to the police, twin teenage boys were riding their bikes, which had Trump banners attached, when a Chevy Malibu started to follow them.  Snapchat videos (and were the suspects really stupid enough to video themselves?) show what happened next:

Snapchat video obtained by police shows the Malibu, driven by Perry-Jones, swerve the wheels sharply "as if he saw the boys and wanted to hit them with the vehicle" while yelling, "'Y'all better get home,'" court records state. 

Perry-Jones and Smith allegedly yelled expletives at the two teen boys and demanded that they "pull that flag down" in the video, police said. 

Perry-Jones allegedly threatened to beat the boys up for calling 911, court records state. 

In the video, Perry-Jones also said that if police questioned him about it, he would just say the boys called him a racial slur. 

During the encounter, Perry-Jones allegedly drove his car through several yards, chasing them.

One of the boys told detectives Smith snatched their flag while filming the video, so they chased after the car. Only after the boys threatened to call police did the couple drop the flag and intentionally run it over with their vehicle before fleeing the area, records state. 

To add insult to injury, Smith allegedly yelled out, "Y'all scared, just like your president ... America is not great, (expletive)."  Smith and Perry-Jones certainly won't feel great about America from inside their prison cells.

The reality is that, while there are always going to be bad people attaching themselves to major political parties, so one can always expect evil to be done on either side of the aisle, there is a difference in tone between the Republicans and the Democrats.  Trump, for all his grumbling about the media, envisions a united America, one that's not riven by dozens of identity groups all fighting for political spoils.  In his political vision, he will make America Great for all Americans.

Meanwhile, the Democrats keep breaking Americans down into ever smaller groups.  The racial divisions get more micromanaged, as do sex divisions (including making up genders to increase the divide), ability divisions (differently abled versus variations of fully abled), economic divisions, and more.  It's hard to keep up with the vertical lines the Democrats draw — and then they promise every single newly created special interest group taxpayer money.

It's like Hunger Games America, with transgender people competing with black people who are competing with Asian bisexual people, all for the same finite pot of money forcibly seized from American taxpayers.  With that kind of mindset, it seems natural that people on the left with poor impulse control will see violence as a reasonable political option to get their "fair" share.