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Woman Says She Mentioned She Supported Trump, Was Attacked

You would think that more than a year after an election, tensions between people of opposing parties would have started to die down a bit. When it comes to the heated 2016 election and Donald Trump, though, it doesn’t appear to be letting up.

People seem to be getting more and more confrontational, more and more hostile with each other, as anger continues to stew in the midst of the country’s divide. One woman tried to talk to complete strangers about which side she supported, and this turned out to be a terrible mistake.

A woman was in a Washington D.C. restaurant when she mentioned that she supported President Donald Trump. She claims two women at another table assaulted her for her political position. The two alleged attackers are now wanted by police.

The incident occurred on March 16 at approximately 1:40 a.m. One diner overheard three people -- two women and a man -- at another table talking about politics. The woman felt compelled to interrupt their conversation and tell them she was a Trump supporter.

"I support Donald Trump," were her words, according to her report to the police.

The two women at the table then attacked her, she says.

A video caught a brief portion of the incident. The clip, which is approximately 40 seconds long, shows a woman in a white jacket sitting at the table. She lunges at someone off camera suddenly.

As the lunging woman appears to smack the camera out of the person's hand, the video gets shaky and goes off.

The restaurant's surveillance video didn't capture the altercation, but a man wearing a tie is seen waiting on line with two women. One woman is wearing a white jacket and the other is wearing a black jacket.

The victim went to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda to be treated for her injuries. It's unclear what injuries she sustained in the incident.

Police have released the video and are looking for the two women for questioning, They’re offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps them track down.

Assault is obviously wrong; and if the two ladies got physical with the lone woman and attacked her merely because she expressed an unpopular opinion, they should certainly face legal consequences for the attack. They can serve as a warning to those who are still bitter and angry over political issues.

There is never an excuse for violence. Someone holding the opposite point of view is entitled to their opinion—we can ignore them, or we can debate with them, but we can’t physically attack them just because we don’t like what they have to say.

The alleged victim might serve as a warning to others as well. Regardless of whether they’re on the left or right side of politics, it’s not a good idea these days to push people on the issue. In the middle of the night in a public place, you might want to think twice before interrupting complete strangers to throw in your two cents. If you don’t know who the people are, you could be inviting trouble.

It’s good to use your voice to stand up for what you believe in, but exercise common sense when it comes to the time and place in which you use that voice.

Source: NBC Washington
Photos: NBC Washington Screenshot, Gage Skidmore

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