This isn’t one of those stories that will make it to the national media, because the narrative there is that Trump supporters are the violent ones, and everyone else are their victims.
The media has gone so far as to blame Trump for “inciting violence” in his speeches. I’m not denying that there have been some altercations involving Trump’s supporters, but the media will focus on those incidents and ignore incidents like these.
Monday night, Paul Jones, Jr. – a 60-year-old Vietnam veteran who served in the Air Force – was at his neighborhood bar called Winston’s Place with a friend talking politics. Jones supports Trump. Already, that’s controversial enough, but what made it exceptionally controversial is that Mr. Jones happens to be black. A black person supporting Trump is a big no-no.
His political conversation with his friend was overheard by a stranger in the bar who became angry. “He butted in the conversation,” Jones told WEWS over the phone from his hospital bed. “The conversation wasn’t directed at him or to him.”
The stranger became so irate that he went to his car to retrieve a firearm, brought it inside – the bar is a “gun-free zone” – and shot Mr. Jones in the thigh.
Immediately afterwards, the shooter fled the scene, and the police are still on the lookout for him.
Mr. Jones’s mother Latosca said that she and her family are quite vocal about their political opinions, and they’re all different. But they respect each other’s opinions. “I’m quite sure you have a lot of people having their own opinions. But that doesn’t mean you should hurt somebody because you have your own opinion,” Jones’ mother said in an interview with WEWS.
Thankfully, Mr. Jones is expected to make a full recovery.
No description of the suspect has been given, but once he is caught, he’ll be charged with felonious assault.