A New York man has been arrested after he attempted to run over a Republican campaign volunteer and threatened to kill a Republican Trump supporting Congressman from New York.
On Friday, Martin Astrof, 75, took Maxine Waters’ call to confront and attack Trump supporters in public seriously when he confronted Donato Panico, a campaign worker at Rep. Lee Zeldin’s campaign headquarter office in Long Island, New York.
The violent encounter occurred around 11:15 am on Friday morning, which resulted in a police response. “After threatening to kill the campaign worker and other supporters, Astrof backed his car up in an aggressive manner nearly striking the worker,” a police statement from Suffolk County police read.
Police say Astrof left the campaign office after almost running over the campaign worker, but he was later arrested at his home. Astrof has been charged with making a terroristic threat and reckless endangerment.
Rep. Zeldin took to Twitter on Friday to condemn the attack against his campaign worker and the increase in political violence against the right. “In the US, political scores are settled at the ballot box, not by trying to kill your political opponents. Donato Panico is a great American, supporter of @realDonaldTrump & one of my campaign vols. He shouldn’t have been targeted like this today for his passion & involvement”, he tweeted.
In the US, political scores are settled at the ballot box, not by trying to kill your political opponents. Donato Panico is a great American, supporter of @realDonaldTrump & one of my campaign vols. He shouldn't have been targeted like this today for his passion & involvement. https://t.co/Rh8Ae6MR4x
— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) July 7, 2018
Zeldin is running for a third term against Democratic challenger Perry Gershon.
Two weeks ago, Congresswoman Maxine Waters called on her supporters and all Democrats to publicly harass and attack Trump administration officials and conservatives in public. Since her call to harass Trump supporters, there has been an increase in public confrontations, death threats, and harassment against Trump supporters and Republican politicians. Within the past month, Donald Trump Jr.’s 4 year old daughter has received death threats, a Hollywood liberal said he wanted Barron Trump to be attacked by violent pedophiles, a Democrat threatened to murder Republican Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL) and his young children, a Democrat threatened to kill Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his wife Elaine Chao were surrounded by a mob of left wing protesters as they left a meeting, and numerous Trump administration officials have been harassed by leftists while dining out.
Texas National Guard will be Deploying on Election Day
Democrats are Shaking in Their Boots
On October 26, 2020, the Texas National Guard announced that Governor Abbott is deploying 1,000 members to five of the state’s largest cities to potentially quell unrest on Election Day or the days that follow.
Texas Democrats are uneasy about this announcement, according to a Fox News report.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, the cities where troops will be sent to are Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.
The very fact that troops might be deployed to polling locations has Texas Democrats frightened about the prospect of voter suppression and intimidation. Although the state has been solidly Republican in the last 30 years, Texas is starting to become more competitive. Some experts believe it could flip to the Democrats in 2020 or at the very least, in the near future.
The Texas National Guard commander’s chief of staff informed the San Antonio Express-News that the guard deployment would only be activated to “deter any civil disturbance at sites in various cities within Texas.”
The protection of polling stations “has not been on any mission request or in any conversation with the governor’s office,” Major General James K. “Red” Brown declared. Although troops could be sent to guard buildings , being stationed at polling locations “has not been requested,” Texas Guard spokesman stated.
On the night of October 26, other military officials informed KXAN-TV that there were no plans to send military units to polling locations.
Adjutant General Major General Tracy Norris declared in a statement that the Texas Military Department “was activated to provide additional support to the Department of Public Safety in the summer of 2020.”
“Texas Service Members continue to support DPS in this capacity, guarding historical landmarks such as the Alamo and the State Capitol,” Norris remarked. “To be clear, there has been no request nor any plan to provide any type of support at any polling location in Texas.”
The San Antonio Express-News also confirmed that Norris was requested to set up contingency plans in case of any unrest that emerges.
The initial reports about Abbott’s order received more concerns in progressive bastions such as Austin.
“We’re not hearing any real indications to anticipate any disruptions or intimidation,” said Adler.
Austin City Council member Gregorio Casar blamed Abbott for “fear-mongering.”
4/ "Voting in Texas, whether by mail, early in-person, or on Election Day, is safe, secure, and convenient, and our local leaders will ensure that every vote is counted." #txlege #2020Elections #CountEveryVote
— Gregorio Casar (@GregCasar) October 26, 2020
2020 elections will be very heated and it’s prudent for Abbott to use military assets to protect Texans from potential insurrectionist behavior from the radical Left.
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