Florida man who struck Republican voter tent motivated by Trump opposition
The Duval County Sheriff’s Office report of Gregory Timm’s arrest is partly redacted.
A Florida man who drove his van into a Republican voter registration tent was motivated by opposition to President Donald Trump, according to a newly released police report.
“The suspect advised that he does not like President Trump,” the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office report of Gregory Timm’s arrest says. The report detailed more motivation for the Saturday attack, in which no one was injured, but it was redacted. The report does say Timm “advised the other reason was ‘it’s like someone shitting on your grave.’”
Timm, 27, reportedly accelerated his vehicle toward the canopy tent and tables, while victims moved to avoid being struck. Timm then knocked over several tables, chairs and the tent with his car, according to the report, and got out of his vehicle, took out his phone and “flipped them off” before driving away.
Timm willingly showed officers the video, which cuts off before he struck the tent, the police report says, and “the suspect was upset that the video ended before ‘the good part.’”
The episode was widely condemned by Republicans, including Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott and the state attorney general, Ashley Moody. Trump also denounced the attack on Saturday, tweeting: “Law Enforcement has been notified. Be careful tough guys who you play with!”
A Trump campaign spokesperson, Rick Gorka, told POLITICO on Tuesday that the “attack on President Donald Trump’s supporters will only motivate our team to work harder to win Florida again in November.”
Florida is a must-win for Trump, who dominated throughout the state in 2016 and outperformed past Republican candidates among older, white and blue-collar voters. The president, a lifelong New Yorker, changed his primary residence from Manhattan to Palm Beach, Fla., in September, listing his Mar-a-Lago resort as his permanent residence.
Marc Caputo contributed to this report.