A man’s truck was deliberately set on fire as it sat in a parking lot over the weekend, and the owner says it was because of a pair of pro-Trump bumper stickers, in what appears to be the latest example of violent acts towards Republicans.
The incident happened over the weekend at a bar in Vancouver, Washington. Johnny MacKay parked his truck at the Garage Bar and Grille to get a drink. He later took an Uber home after having a few drinks, and returned the next morning to get his truck.
He was shocked to find that during the night, someone firebombed the truck, completely destroying it.
MacKay believes he knows why the truck was targeted: he had just placed two pro-Trump bumper stickers on it. His evidence to support his claim is pretty obvious: the arsonist spray-painted “Trump” on the side of the charred truck, apparently just before it burned.’
The truck was parked under a spotlight, with MacKay hoping it would deter thieves from breaking in. Instead, it may have highlighted the bumper stickers to the suspect.
“All of a sudden I saw the tires were melted, the windows were shattered, and I was just in shock,” MacKay said.
He also saw something else. On the side of the truck, spray-painted in silver writing, was a message against President Donald Trump, something Mackay thinks could signal a targeted attack against his truck. On the back of his truck were two stickers supporting the President, a candidate MacKay said he didn’t vote for but now supports because he’s in office.
“I literally just put them on this weekend,” he said. “If I would’ve known somebody would’ve taken politics this far — I saw them, I thought they were funny and apparently somebody didn’t get the joke.”
A witness who lives nearby saw the truck burning overnight, but did not see the suspect.
Randy Sanchagrin lives across the street from the bar.
“All of a sudden I hear a loud bomb and the windows shake,” Sanchagrin said.
He went outside and saw the truck in flames. After that, he sprinted inside, had his sister call 911 and went back outside to see if someone was inside.
“By the time I ran back to the street it was so bad there was no getting close to it,” he said.
MacKay is an Uber driver, and used the truck for work, so he now has lost his source of income. He wonders what sort of person would go to such lengths over a political disagreement.
“If you say anything that someone doesn’t like you are ultimately a target,” he said. “You’re automatically the enemy and they have to hurt you.”
MacKay also has a message for the person who took away his source of income.
“(They) need help,” he said. “Whether it was from drugs or a mental condition, this person needs to get help. If they blow up at this, who knows.”
Here is local news coverage of the incident from KOIN.
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