Two Republican operatives were separately assaulted by left-wing activists in Minnesota within the span of just 48 hours late last week and early this week.
The first attack occurred in Benton County late Friday and involved state congressional nominee Shane Mekeland, a Republican, being sucker-punched so hard while speaking with constituents at a restaurant that he suffered a concussion.
“On Friday evening, I was assaulted in Benton County. I suffered a concussion and the incident is now in the hands of law enforcement,” he tweeted Friday night. “While I had never met my assailant, the words he yelled at me before he attacked lead me to believe his actions were politically motivated.”
“When I chose to run for office, I expected to be politically attacked, but never physically. I weighed whether or not to share this today, but ultimately I think we all need a reminder to be civil to each other regardless of our perspectives.”
The suspect, whom Mekeland described to the Star Tribune as a “much, much bigger person,” has since been identified and admitted to attacking the congressional nominee.
In an interview Wednesday with the Washington Free Beacon, he said that he has suffered memory loss since the attack and faces a four-to-six week recovery period: “I was so overtaken by surprise and shock and if this is the new norm, this is not what I signed up for.”
The second assault happened a few miles away in Plymouth, where on Sunday an unidentified left-wing zealot first forced State Rep. Sarah Anderson onto a busy street after she confronted him for destroying campaign signs and later hit her on the arm.
“I said, you can’t do that, and he said, ‘I’m an anarchist, I can do whatever I want,” and I said, no, you can’t. That’s not your property,” she said in an interview afterward with local station WCCO, describing her initial confrontation.
He reportedly rushed Anderson twice while telling her to kill herself, forcing her to back herself onto the streets: “And so I wound up stepping here, and there’s traffic coming.”
As she returned to her vehicle to drive away, she saw the perpetrator walking toward a gas station, so she set off for the station to snap a photo of him. But while at the station she wound up getting attacked again and being punched in the arm.
“I said, I’m leaving now, I’m leaving now, and he was still with his head in my vehicle, just yelling,” she said. “He was irrational, just completely irrational.”
Anderson said she these kinds of violent antics won’t stop her. “This is not going to change me … I cannot live in fear,” she said.
Below is a snapshot she took:
These attacks coincide with the Democrat Party’s increasing use of divisive and sometimes even violent rhetoric to rile up its angry and clinically disturbed base, as noted by Mekeland on Facebook.
“The media and the likes of Maxine Waters, Hillary, and Eric Holder as of late is driving this behavior. As far as resolve, this is exactly the type of thing that will push me, you and other like minded people to fight harder,” he wrote in a reply to a comment on his original post.
His reply referenced pleas by Rep. Maxine Waters for her constituents to “harass” Republicans, claims by failed Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton that liberals “cannot be civil” with Republicans and a remark by former Attorney General Eric Holder suggesting conservatives deserve a “kick.”
These remarks can be heard below:
The far-left’s reaction on social media to the attacks on Mekeland and Anderson seems to indicate that Democrats have no intention of slowing down with their rage anytime soon.
Well, you support Trump so there is a reason….
— kmacf (@KMacfarlane) October 16, 2018
Good, the GOP are evil.
— Jeff Whitaker (@JeffWhitaker123) October 16, 2018
what does he mean no provocation? didn’t he say he was a gop candidate..
— Larry McIntosh (@larrymcintosh1) October 17, 2018
So the GOP only believes Republican women when they claim to be assaulted or women who claim to be assaulted by Democrats? So hard to keep up with the lies of your crime syndicate masquerading as a political party.
— The Rapepublican Party (@CinciYoshi) October 17, 2018
Sarah Anderson is an absolute piece of garbage, serves her right
— Ihate fresca (@IHateFresca) October 18, 2018
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