One man was arrested after allegedly driving his van through a Republican voter registration booth on Saturday afternoon at a shopping center in Jacksonville, Florida. According to the Republican Party of Duval County, no one was injured, and volunteers “narrowly avoided” the assault.
Police say the driver, 27-year-old Gregory Timm, allegedly sped away after wrecking the Trump campaign’s tent.
Pictures posted on the Duval County Republican Party’s Twitter page show a brown and gold van fleeing the parking lot where the incident occurred while Trump signs and bumpers lay scattered on the ground.
Today in Jacksonville, Florida six Trump Campaign volunteers were intentionally targeted while registering voters. pic.twitter.com/0wzaCYh5ut
— Duval County GOP (@DuvalGOP) February 8, 2020
“We are outraged by this senseless act of violence toward our great volunteers,” said Duval County Republican Party Chairman Dean Black in statement posted on Facebook. “The Republican Party of Duval County will not be intimidated by these cowards and we will not be silenced. I call on every Republican in our great city to stand up, get involved, and show these radicals that we will not be intimidated from exercising our Constitutional rights.”
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry also condemned the attack as “outrageous” on Twitter.
I just spoke to the local GOP chair. This is outrageous. The hate is toxic and dangerous. Thankfully no one was injured but certainly they are shaken after being targeted because they were registering voters. I’ve spoken to the Sheriff and of course his team is on top of this. https://t.co/q8bIaUxJTO
— Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) February 8, 2020
“The hate is toxic and dangerous. Thankfully no one was injured but certainly they are shaken after being targeted because they were registering voters,” said Curry.
President Donald Trump also issued a warning to the attackers on Twitter.
“Be careful tough guys who you play with!” Trump wrote Saturday night.
Law Enforcement has been notified. Be careful tough guys who you play with! https://t.co/1Pq0hOrzy2
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2020
Duval County Republicans said they planned to “redouble” voter registration efforts in light of the attack.
Timm faces two charges of aggravated assault on a person 65 years old or older, one charge of criminal mischief, and one charge of driving with a license suspended, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.